Woman drives with body lodged in car window

The impact was so intense that the victim's body crashed like a projectile through the glass

(CNN) – A California woman is under arrest after police say she hit a man walking on the sidewalk.

“Very shocking, yes. Especially with someone dying and all that. That’s sad.”

Police say 29-year-old Oceanside resident Esteysi Sanchez was driving along Mission Avenue Monday morning at around 6:25 when she apparently lost control fatally striking a 69-year-old man.

Police Officer:  “The car drove up over the sidewalk and struck him while he was walking on the sidewalk.”

The impact was so intense that the victim’s body crashed like a projectile through Sanchez’s windshield and remained lodged against the front passenger seat.  Even more shocking, Sanchez failed to stop.

Police Officer:  “From there, she got off the sidewalk and continued to drive here.”

Continued driving for about a mile with the mortally injured man stuck in the smashed windshield.

Police say Sanchez then abandoned the 2006 Pontiac along Magdalena drive near her home and then ran off screaming attracting the attention of neighbors who then called authorities with Sanchez’s description.

Police quickly located her and took her into custody.  Still not clear exactly how impaired Sanchez was or how long she had allegedly been drinking before getting behind the wheel.

Police Officer:  “We don’t know yet what her activity was prior to that. But if someone had been out drinking until 2AM and you get into a fatal collision at 6AM, there is a lot of time that is unaccounted for.”

Esteysi Sanchez faces charges of DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run causing death.

 

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