A woman has been arrested for felony DUI and felony vehicular manslaughter after three people died in a crash on a local highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A Nissan Altima was pulled over on the shoulder of westbound Highway 78 just west of Sycamore Ave. at around 12:30 a.m. because one of the occupants was feeling ill, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.
Two women, both employees of Valley View Casino, were outside of the Nissan Altima when an oncoming Jeep Grand Cherokee hit the Nissan and the women from behind.
The women, each 23-years old, were pronounced dead at the scene.
“The right front passenger of the Nissan, Gerardo Cortez, age 21, of Oceanside was ejected upon impact but only sustained a minor injury,” Officer Eric Newbury said.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned and crossed all lanes of traffic before coming to rest in the number one lane, according to the Medical Examiner’s office. The driver, Debbie Sumi, 33, was ejected onto the roadway where she sustained major injuries. Her 34-year-old male passenger was partially ejected and died at the scene.
Sumi was arrested for felony DUI and felony vehicular manslaughter and will be booked into Vista Detention Facility when she is released from the hospital, Officer Newbury said.
The westbound lanes were closed for about four hours.