Driver Who Died in Corona Crash Had Blood-Alcohol Twice Legal Limit
A 20-year-old woman who was at the wheel when she crashed her Ford Mustang, killing herself and a passenger, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for a driver 21 or older, police said Thursday.
Crystal Urena of Santa Ana died May 5, 2014, in a single-car collision that left her 2011 Mustang flipped on its roof, with pieces of the car scattered on the roadway and sidewalk.
The daylight crash occurred in the 1600 block of Via Pacifica, a curving street in a residential neighborhood of Corona.
Her four juvenile passengers had varying degrees of injury, and one of them died from his injuries 11 days after the crash, according to the Corona Police Department. All four were students at Corona High School.
Test results for Urena from the coroner’s office showed she had a blood alcohol level of .18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit for drivers 21 or older, according to police.
Drivers 20 and under receive a one-year license suspension if they are proved to have any blood-alcohol level, police said.
“This unimaginable tragedy could have been prevented,” police said in a news release.
Police initially said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash.
A fundraiser page for Urena’s funeral expenses said she had been “on her way to the store with her younger brother and three of his friends when she lost control of her car, slammed into some trees and a utility box.”