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Woman charged with 8 felonies in crash that killed Nevada Union football teammates

Sabrina Distura, 21, re-entered Merced County Jail after being charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor last week.
Sabrina Distura, 21, re-entered Merced County Jail after being charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor last week. Merced County Jail

The lone suspect in an alleged drunk driving crash that killed two Nevada Union High School students on March 25 has re-entered Merced County Jail and faces eight felonies in an arraignment Wednesday.

Sabrina Distura, 21, was allegedly intoxicated when her 2015 Honda crossed Interstate 5’s center median north of Los Banos and veered head-on into Tyler Nielson and Justin Gardner, a senior and a sophomore on the Nevada Union football team headed to Pismo Beach on spring break.

A third teammate, Dawson Fay, survived the crash but suffered a broken hip and facial injuries.

Distura faces two counts of gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated and six felony DUI charges in addition to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession, said Travis Colby of the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. She remains in Merced County Jail as of Tuesday on $560,000 bail.

She was released from Merced County Jail on $100,000 bond about 2:55 a.m. on April 1, 6 1/2 hours after she was booked, then was arrested again in San Jose last week after charges were filed.

A GoFundMe page established to benefit Nielson and Gardner’s families had raised more than $32,600 as of Tuesday.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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