Just Another Drunk Driving Accident …
Posted by Childress on August 10, 2006
… just another unthinkable tragedy. This one’s from my hometown — an event that happened on a road I regularly drive on.
A woman whose 6-year-old son was killed when their car crashed on the San Joaquin Hills toll road in Newport Beach was booked Wednesday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol officers said Julie Ann Smith, 46, of Costa Mesa lost control of her car Tuesday night as she tried to pass traffic on the right shoulder, striking a guardrail.
Her son Trevor was flung out of the Lexus LS400 and was killed instantly. The CHP said the car was traveling 90 mph when it crashed.
CHP Officer Jennifer Hink said witnesses reported that Smith was driving erratically in the northbound lanes shortly after 9 p.m. before she struck the guardrail near the Jamboree Road exit.
The boy, who was wearing a seat belt, was ejected as the car spun repeatedly.
Seatbelts were not enough to save this poor boy from his mom’s alcohol-induced bad decision-making.