Immigration status heightens interest in Oceanside murder case

 VISTA (KUSI) — A preliminary hearing set to take place Tuesday was rescheduled to Dec. 12 for a woman who allegedly kept driving after striking a man on sidewalk, severing one of his legs and propelling his body through the windshield and into her passenger seat.

Esteysi "Stacy" Sanchez, 30, is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run, DUI and driving without a license in the death of 69- year-old Jack Ray Tenhulzen.

Sanchez told police she drank twice the night of June 27 before slamming into the victim in the 4000 block of Mission Avenue about 6:30 a.m.

Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod said Sanchez hit Tenhulzen so hard that he was stripped of some of his clothing.

Sanchez drove for at least a half-mile with the victim’s body partially inside her Pontiac sedan and his detached leg on the trunk of her car before pulling into a cul-de-sac on Magdalena Drive, authorities said.

The defendant ran to her home about a block away and was arrested by police an hour later, the prosecutor said.

Sanchez still had shards of glass in her hair when she was taken into custody, McLeod said.

Sanchez had a blood-alcohol content of between .18 and .19 percent — well above the legal limit of .08 — two hours after the accident, McLeod said.

Sanchez faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

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