08/04/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Fresno, CA— The driver of the SUV that triggered the fatal greyhound bus wreck in Fresno last month was legally drunk at the time of the fatal accident. Sylvia Lopez Garay, 18, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, which is above the threshold of .08 in determining the legal level of intoxication, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.
Authorities stated that because of Garay’s blood-alcohol level, her ability to react quickly in an emergency situation would have been affected.
According to preliminary investigations Garay apparently made a quick left turn across the two northbound lanes of Highway 99, before slamming into the center divider, causing the SUV to overturn just after 2 a.m. Garay and her passengers, Stpehanie Cordoba, 20, and Vanessa Gonzalez, 19, were reportedly exiting the SUV on the highway when the bus slammed into the back of it. All three girls were killed.
Garay apparently attended a dance party prior to the crash.
As previously reported in “CA Bus Crash: Greyhound Bus Crash killed 6, injured 34 on Calif. Hwy 99,” a Greyhound bus was traveling northbound on California Highway 99, when the bus slammed into an overturned SUV in the fast lane of the highway. The bus then hit a second vehicle before heading down an embankment and struck a large eucalyptus tree.
Six people were killed in the wreck and 34 others were injured. Investigations into the accident are still ongoing.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California bus accident attorneys.