According to this CBS Channel 2 DUI report, a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol caused a crash early on the morning of February 2, 2009, which killed the alleged drunken driver and resulted in six people suffering injuries. Law enforcement officials claim that Rojelio Sanchez, 25, was heading westbound on Manchester Avenue around 1:30 in the morning with three passengers in a 1997 Ford Explorer.
Police officers responding to the scene say that Sanchez’ Explorer ran a red light at Manchester Avenue and Main Street in South Los Angeles and collided with a 1994 Ford Thunderbird carrying four people. Firefighters responding to the scene of the crash say that two passengers were trapped in the wreckage of the Thunderbird for 15 minutes before being freed.
Blood alcohol tests are still pending, but South Traffic Division detectives suspect that Sanchez was driving under the influence of alcohol. Sgt. Ronnie Cato of the Los Angeles Police Department said that Sanchez died in surgery from the DUI causing injuries he suffered in the crash around 3 a.m. Sanchez’ three passengers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and three of the occupants of the Thunderbird were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
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