Driver ID’ed in suspected DUI crash that killed taxi driver

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The name of the suspected drunk driver who caused an Old Town accident in which a cab driver died has been released by the CHP.

On Saturday morning, 42-year-old Amy Marie St. John-Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 when she collided head-on with a taxi, according to the officials. 42-year-old Anteneh Minassie who was driving the cab, was threw out of his vehicle and was hit so many times by oncoming traffic.

According to the CHP, St. John-Smith took a U-turn on the freeway and drove off.

Authorities said that she was taken into custody a few hours later, but the information about how she was located is not released. When the accident happened, she was driving a rental car.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said on Monday that St. John-Smith got out of jail on a $100,000 bond.

St. John-Smith is charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing injury and fleeing the scene of an accident causing injury or death.

Spokesperson for the CHP, Officer Jake Sanchez, said the charges may not have been as severe if she had stayed put. “If you’re in an accident or traffic crash, we want you to stay behind and talk to us. Let us do our job. Leaving someone on the side of the road or in the middle of the street and taking off is just a horrible thing to do”.

How many times Minassie was hit by various vehicles is still under investigation by investigators. They are searching for other witnesses to the incident so they can get the required information.

The victim who died left behind three children and a wife, and his family is still making memorial service arraignments.

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