Woman Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver Dies, Police Say
Jan 10, 2020, 11:19 AM | Updated: 12:52 pm
(Image courtesy James Bucek)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Salt Lake City Police Department said the female driver of a Nissan that was involved in a suspected DUI crash on North Temple has died.
Police identified the woman as 50-year-old Sarina Astorga on Friday.
Astorga was critically injured when her Nissan was hit by a Tesla near 900 West North Temple on Sunday.
Police said the Tesla was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a red light before hitting the Nissan.
Witness told police the Tesla’s battery then exploded and a hazmat crew was called to the scene.
Sergeant Keith Horrocks with the Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed the crash was under investigation and said the Tesla’s driver, 35-year-old Joseph Lucero, could face felony charges of driving under the influence.
We are sad to report Sarina Astorga, 50, has died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident at 900 W. North Temple St. on January 5th. Sarina was driving the Nissan that was struck in this accident. The accident remains under investigation at this time.
— SLC Police Dept. (@slcpd) January 10, 2020
Lucero and another male were also hospitalized with critical injuries after the crash.
Family members established a GoFundMe page* to help with medical costs.
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