REDDING, Calif. - The two people killed Friday morning when a Ford Freestyle rear-ended a Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Churn Creek Road and Hartnell Avenue have been identified by the Shasta County Coroners Office as Erica Young, 19, from Hoopa and Wa-Rec Lacy Mae Jackson, 18, from Redding.
According to the Redding Police Department, at approximately 12:35 a.m. officers responded to numerous calls regarding a serious traffic collision on Churn Creek Road at Hartnell Avenue. Medical personnel and police arrived within minutes and found two vehicles near the intersection with major damage to both vehicles.
The intersection of Churn Creek Road and Hartnell Avenue was closed for approximately five hours while the investigation was conducted.
Once on scene, officers learned two of the occupants of the Toyota, one being the driver, suffered major trauma and were pronounced dead at scene. The three remaining passengers of the Toyota were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Ralph Joseph, 19, from Hoopa had injuries to his left arm and left leg and has since been released from the hospital. Daisy Reece, 18, from Redding had complaint of pain to her head and has since been released from the hospital, and Clifford Bailey, 19, from Redding, suffered a broken jaw and remains in the hospital.
Police said the driver of the Ford Freestyle was the only person in the vehicle and was in the driver's seat. The driver was identified as Kendra Andersen-Schwegerl, 25, from Redding. Andersen-Schwegerl has minor injuries consistent with being the driver of the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Officers at scene noted symptoms of possible alcohol intoxication from Andersen-Schwegerl as well as open containers inside the vehicle. Due to the severity of the collision, traffic officers were requested alongside DUI Specialist Jacob Provencio to complete the investigation. Traffic officers interviewed witnesses at the scene and reviewed evidence.
The initial investigation revealed Andersen-Schwegerl has passed a witness while traveling southbound on Churn Creek Road in excess of the posted 35 mph zone. The witness also said Andersen-Schwegerl was straddling the two southbound lanes when she collided with the driver's side rear of the Toyota which was stopped for the red light.
Officer Provencio responded to the hospital and conducted an initial DUI investigation. He noted Andersen-Schwegerl has objective symptoms of intoxication. Andersen-Schwegerl was arrested for driving under the influence causing injury. She consented to a blood draw and those results were not immediately available due to being submitted to the California Department of Justice for analysis.
Andersen-Schwegerl was subsequently booked into the Shasta County Jail for two counts of vehicular manslaughter, DUI with injury, and DUI with a blood alcohol above .08 percent. All parties involved appeared to be wearing their seat belts and only the airbag in the Ford Freestyle was activated.
The case will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office for review and subsequent prosecution. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Redding Police Department's Traffic Unit at 530-225-4200.