Woman Pleads Guilty in Highway Double Fatal Crash

Sunny Hall pleads guilty in deaths of Angela August and Jimmy Arevalo

An El Cajon woman admitted her role in the highway crash that killed a UC San Diego student just days before her graduation and the El Centro teacher who had pulled over to help.

Angela August, 25, of Alpine rolled her car on Interstate 8 west of Tavern Road on June 11, 2012. Jimmy Arevalo pulled over to help.

That’s when Sunny Hall, driving more than 70 miles per hour and with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, crashed her vehicle into August's vehicle.

Hall entered a guilty plea Tuesday and will be sentenced in March on charges of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.

In a preliminary hearing earlier this year, a 911 tape was played in which Arevalo can be heard describing the crash of August’s Toyota Yaris to the dispatcher. Then, he screams, and there is silence.

CHP officers say Hall’s vehicle struck the Toyota, killing Arevalo and pinning August inside.

August was pronounced dead at the scene.

Arevalo, 59, taught the fifth grade for 34 years and was considered an institution in the small town of Calexico. He was on his way home to El Centro after visiting his son at UC San Diego when he saw the rollover along I-8.

August was about a mile from her home in Alpine when she lost control of her vehicle. The young woman died just four days before her graduation from college.

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