( 4UMF NEWS ) Woman Busted Driving With Body Stuck In Windshield:
Three-quarters of a mile or 3,960 feet.
That’s how far Esteysi Sanchez drove with a man’s corpse embedded in her windshield in a gruesome hit-and-run that took place early Monday morning in Oceanside, Calif., police said.
The 29-year-old, who also goes by the name of Stacy Sanchez, according to her Facebook page, was driving home from a marathon night of drinking at several different bars in her hometown, Oceanside, when she collided with a pedestrian, police said.
“From what I understand, she was out partying all night and was on the way home,” Sgt. Jeff Brandt of the Oceanside Police told The Washington Post.
The sun had risen about 40 minutes earlier when Sanchez reached the 4000 block of Mission Avenue at around 6:20 a.m., where the victim was walking either to or from the Brother Benno’s soup kitchen, KGTV reported. Brandt said it’s unclear if he was on the sidewalk or the street at the time of the collision. Police have not released the victim’s name, though the station reported he was a “known transient in the area.”
The driver’s teal Pontiac sedan was moving so fast and the impact was so forceful that one of the man’s legs was ripped from his torso at the waist, flew through the back window and landed on the trunk of her car, KNSD reported.
The rest of his body slammed into the front windshield, shattering it and leaving him “impaled into the vehicle,” according to Brandt. He crashed through the window such that the top of his head rested on the passenger seat while his body remain lodged in the jagged hole in the windshield.
The driver continued — with the man’s body in the car and his severed leg on vehicle’s trunk — for another .75 miles, riding along the sidewalk at one point and crashing through residential landscaping, before coming to rest in a cul-de-sac, where she parked the car, got out and walked to her nearby house, KGTV reported.
When she arrived home, her husband contacted paramedics and the Oceanside Police Department.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the scene of the collision, police found the victim’s shoes and pants, which contained keys and identification, alongside shards of Sanchez’s windshield. Police then questioned Sanchez who admitted to drinking and driving, Brandt told The Post. She has been booked into the Vista Detention Facility for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. It remains unclear if she has retained a lawyer, according to the Associated Press.
Edwin Esparza claimed to have witnessed the crash while changing the oil in his car in the early 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,” Esparza told KNSD.
His brother echoed the sentiment.
“My brother went to go investigate the car, and he said he saw a body in there,” Edgar Esparza told the station. “It’s, like, really disturbing. I never really saw a dead body until now.”
One of Sanchez’s neighbors said he noticed the car but didn’t want to take a closer look, since he could tell it was an upsetting scene.
“Horrific. Yeah, I’ve never in my whole life have I heard a story like this,” Lou Torres told KNSD. “It was so strange that I couldn’t imagine any scenario that would cause this.”
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