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Teen drunk at time of fatal Fresno bus crash

August 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators say a teenager driver was legally drunk when she rolled her SUV into the path of a Greyhound bus in Fresno last month, killing the teen and five other people.Autopsy reports show 18-year old Sylvia Lopez Garay had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent; 0.08 percent is considered legal intoxication.

Garay and two other young women were getting out of a wrecked SUV on Highway 99 just outside downtown Fresno on July 22 when the bus struck the SUV. All three women were killed. Three people aboard the Greyhound bus were also killed. The bus was carrying 35 passengers.

Preliminary investigations show Garay made an abrupt left turn across the two northbound lanes of Highway 99 and hit the center divider, flipping the Chevy Trailblazer on its side.The bus struck the SUV, skidded into a concrete center divider and clipped another vehicle before careening off the highway and hitting a tree.

The Associated Press contributed to this story


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