Survivors testify in 2007 crash trial

June 23, 2010 3:02:36 PM PDT
Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of a woman charged in an alleged drunken-driving crash that killed five teenagers three years ago.

Sandra Vasquez, 26, is charged with multiple counts of reckless homicide and drunken driving in connection with the southwest suburban crash.

Nearly 20 witnesses ? mainly investigators of the crash and accident reconstruction experts - have taken the stand since the trial began on Tuesday. They said Wednesday Vasquez was driving nearly 30 miles over the speed limit before the crash. Two survivors of the fatal crash also took the stand. They said they did not remember the accident.

In trying to recount the accident on the early morning hours of February 11, 2007, two survivors remember going to a house party in Oswego with their friends, getting stranded, and approaching Vasquez for a ride home. Eight teenagers crammed into her sedan. The survivors of the crash testified they brought alcohol to the party and that they did not see Vasquez drinking alcohol.

During further testimony, an Oswego police detective who questioned Vasquez at a hospital an hour after the crash says she first told him one of victims, James McGee, was driving her car, then later changed her account with further questioning, saying she did not like how McGee was driving so she had him pull over. Another officer who questioned Vasquez at the hospital said she smelled of alcohol.

Vasquez' attorney said that she was not impaired the night of the accident. Authorities say test results showed Vasquez' blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at .124.


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