A Livermore woman was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated stemming from the late-night rollover crash just outside Pleasanton on Thanksgiving eve that killed two people, including a Village High School student.
Lauren April Davis, 26, was taken into custody without incident at a Livermore home at 3:35 p.m. on an arrest warrant issued following a two-month investigation, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Tyler Hahn. She was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with a no-bail order.
Authorities allege Davis was drunk behind the wheel of a Kia Sorrento with four passengers on Nov. 22 around 11:45 p.m. when the Kia veered off westbound Stanley Boulevard just west of Isabel Avenue/Highway 84, flipped several times and ended up north of Stanley.
Violet Campbell, a 16-year-old Village High School student, died at the scene after being partially ejected from the Sorrento, Hahn reported at the time.
A second passenger, 25-year-old Alexys Garcia of Livermore, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital, where she died one week later on Nov. 29.
Two more passengers -- young men, ages 18 and 22 -- were taken to the hospital with minor and moderate injuries, respectively.
"The California Highway Patrol is committed to ensuring that drunk and drug-impaired drivers are removed from our highways," said Capt. Christopher Sherry, commander of the CHP-Dublin office. "We are dedicated to preventing DUI-related tragedies. We will continue to support both the Campbell and Garcia families as this case proceeds through the judicial system."
Officers who responded to the crash reported Davis smelled of alcohol, according to Hahn. She refused all field sobriety tests that night, but toxicology testing later found her blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit for driving, the officer added.
Davis had been arrested for driving under the influence twice prior to the fatal crash, according to Hahn. In both cases the charges were reduced to reckless driving. Her driver's license was valid at the time of the crash, Hahn said.
Davis was placed under arrest on the night of the fatal crash but released from jail custody while officers worked to complete their investigation, which included getting a toxicology report on Davis, obtaining witness statements and reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area.
Officers from the CHP Dublin Area and Golden Gate Division wrapped up the investigation last month and presented their findings to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for review Jan. 16, Hahn said.
Prosecutors ultimately charged Davis with murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the deaths of Campbell and Garcia, with an arrest warrant issued Thursday, Hahn said. She is expected to appear in court for arraignment next week.