The driver involved in the fatal crash that killed a 16-year-old girl and critically injured a 26-year-old girl near Livermore on Wednesday night was previously arrested for driving intoxicated, according to Alameda County Court records.
The driving records of 26-year-old Lauren Davis confirm she had been arrested twice before for driving under the influence and her most recent DUI was in May. According to records both DUI charges were reduced to reckless driving.
CHP Officer Tyler Hans confirms Davis is now in custody after being released from Highland Hospital in Oakland. She was taken to Santa Rita jail and will be charged with felony DUI and second-degree murder. Davis will be arraigned on Monday.
Alexis Garcia, one of the passengers in the SUV, is currently in critical condition after being fully ejected from the SUV. According to officials, Garcia suffered major head injuries and has been put into a medically induced coma at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
Family and friends are also mourning the loss of a 16-year-old girl who was partially ejected from the SUV and died at the scene of the crash.
“My family is devastated,” said Garcia’s sister, Kim Brady. “One different choice could have changed where we all are today and where we spent Thanksgiving.”
The California Highway Patrol says they found alcohol inside the mangled SUV.
The solo-vehicle crash near Livermore occurred just before midnight along the westbound direction of Stanley Boulevard near Isabel Avenue, according to CHP Sgt. Brett Cochran.
The vehicle was believed to be speeding when it lost control, drove off the roadway and overturned, Cochran said.
Meanwhile, friends gathered late Thursday in shock of the news.
ATM, a senior student at Village High School in Pleasanton, said the 16-year-old girl who died in the crash was his friend. She was a junior at the school, according to ATM.
"She's a very great person, very loving, fun, energetic," he said.
A growing memorial can be seen at the crash site along the westbound lanes of Stanley Boulevard.
ATM said the deadly crash is a wake-up call for himself and other teens who too often feel bullet-proof to life's dangerous mistakes.
"If you drink, don't get behind the wheel," he said. "Call Uber. Call a taxi. Walk it off, if anything."