Suspected DUI crash kills two on East County freeway
ALPINE (CNS) – A chain-reaction freeway crash involving several vehicles
in the East County highlands killed two motorists Monday and left a third
jailed on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities reported.
The deadly series of accidents began shortly before 3 a.m., when Angela
August, 25, lost control of her eastbound 2009 Toyota Yaris for unknown reasons
on Interstate 8, just west of Tavern Road in Alpine, according to the
California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner's Office.
The compact car traveled up a roadside embankment, then overturned and
rolled several times before coming to rest across the far left-hand lane of the
freeway, with August pinned inside, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings
A short time later, 59 year-old Jimmy Arevalo of El Centro either
crashed his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into August's compact car or
pulled over to try to assist her, Pennings said. Arevalo was standing or
walking on the roadway alongside the damaged Yaris when an eastbound 2003 Audi
A6 plowed into it and struck him.
August, an Alpine resident, and Arevalo died at the scene.
Officers arrested the woman who had been driving the Audi, 30-year-old
Sunny Hall of El Cajon, on suspicion of DUI, Pennings said.
Lanes on the stretch of freeway were closed for about 2 1/2 hours to
allow for investigations and cleanup, he said.