Grandmother, Granddaughter Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver
A young girl and a grandmother were killed by a suspected DUI driver in Tulare County.
Details about the Fatal DUI Accident
The accident happened on Saturday evening near Avenue 200 and Spacer Drive. George and Charlotte Espinosa survived the accident but their daughter and her grandmother were killed.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the family was from Las Vegas and was on their way from Yosemite to Porterville when their SUV was T-boned by another SUV being driven by 25-year-old Cheyenne Wyllie of Exeter.
Police have said that Wyllie drover through a stop sign and hit the SUV before she was arrested for driving under the influence and two counts of manslaughter.
A passerby noticed the accident and was able to intervene and help the survivors escape from the accident before the car was engulfed in flames. The passerby was able to pull the young girl out of the vehicle where she was then taken to the hospital where she later died.
Important Information about Driving Under the Influence
According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States that can be attributed to driving under the influence:
- Every two minutes in the United States, someone is injured in a drunk driving accident.
- The rate of drunk driving is the highest among 26-29 year olds.
- The average drunk driver has driven drunk at least 80 times before their first arrest.