Esteysi Sanchez had been drinking all night before brutally colliding with a suspected transient person in Oceanside, California, in the early hours of Monday morning. The drunk driver continued on with his body stuck through her windshield.
Reportedly, Sanchez struck the homeless person so hard, the brutal impact tore off one of his legs, which then catapulted through a back window and landed on the trunk of the car. His body was launched through the windshield, where it remained while the drunk driver carried on for almost a mile before finally stopping.
According to the Washington Post, the victim crashed through the window such that the top of his head was resting on the passenger seat, with his body lodged through the windshield.
29-year-old Sanchez – also known as Stacy Sanchez according to her Facebook page – had reportedly been drinking in several bars in Oceanside, around 25 miles south of Los Angeles, through the early hours of Monday morning.
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According to a report by KGTV, the sun had risen around 40 minutes before Stacy Sanchez drove up to the 4000 block of Mission Avenue at around 6:20 a.m., where they believe the victim was walking either to or from the Brother Benno’s soup kitchen.
According to police, Sanchez was driving a Pontiac sedan when she struck the victim, who is believed to have been a homeless person heading for a soup kitchen. At the time of the incident, it was not immediately clear if the man was walking on the road or the pavement when he was so violently struck by the car.
Authorities declared the victim dead at the scene and investigators say Sanchez had confessed to driving while intoxicated. The drunk driver was later charged with felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
Stacy Sanchez, 29, was arrested outside her Oceanside, California, home
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The Washington Post quotes Sgt. Jeff Brand of the Oceanside police as saying the impact tore off one of the man’s legs and that after this his body flipped onto the front windshield, shattering the glass and leaving his body embedded through the glass.
“From what I understand, she was out partying all night and was on the way home,” Brandt said. Police then alleged that after the collision, Sanchez had kept traveling for a further three-quarters of a mile, with the corpse embedded in the windshield.
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According to police, Sanchez was just a few blocks from her home when she abandoned her vehicle following the collision. She is believed to have contacted her husband, who told her to call the police.
According to witnesses on the scene, Sanchez drove over the pavement and through some landscaping and into a cul-de-sac before she finally brought the vehicle to a stop.
A resident in the area, Edwin Esparza told KNSD he witnessed the accident while he was changing the oil in his car that morning.
“There’s no words to really describe it. I mean, just seeing that up close and personal, it’s kind of traumatizing in a way.”
He went on to say his brother went to investigate the car and that he saw the dead body in the vehicle, saying, “It’s, like, really disturbing. I never really saw a dead body until now.”
Back at the actual scene of the accident, police officers found some of the victim’s personal effects, including shoes and clothing. A pair of trousers contained keys and the victim’s identification documents and were surrounded by shards of glass from Sanchez’s windshield.
Police have not so far identified the victim in the collision, but he is believed to be a known transient in the area.
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