Test results show woman who caused fatal Ogden accident was drunk

Wednesday , September 04, 2013 - 6:02 AM

JaNae Francis, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Preliminary results from on-scene tests by police show that a 25-year-old woman who caused a fatal accident early Sunday had four times the legal blood-alcohol level.

Ogden Police Lt. Chad Ledford said the woman will be identified when she is criminally charged in about a week.

He said police are waiting for toxicology reports from the state and for the woman to be released from the hospital before releasing her name. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

Police have identified the victim, whose car was hit on the driver’s side, as Elsa Alonso, 22, of Ogden. Police said Alonso died at the scene.

“This was an unfortunate mistake,” Ledford said. “It should not have happened.”

The woman was driving south on Adams Avenue about 2:35 a.m., when she crashed into another car at 30th Street, reports state.

Police said witnesses indicated the 25-year-old was going about 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Police reports say the 25-year-old woman drove through a stop sign.

“She had a duty to stop at the stop sign,” Ledford said. “She failed to stop at the stop sign. That, coupled with the alcohol use and speeds resulted in a fatal accident, all of which could have been avoided.”

When asked if he thought the incidence of DUI accidents was going down, Ledford said no.

“I don’t think people are getting any smarter about it,” he said. “We still have fatal accidents. Until we can go an entire year without accidents, we still have a problem.”

And Ledford said this latest fatality was extremely unfortunate.

“It’s sad — two young women whose lives are changed forever. One is deceased. The other will never be the same after this.

They both had their whole lives ahead of them, and this is the end result.”

Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or jfrancis@standard.net, or follow her on twitter at @jfrancis.

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