Early Monday morning, a black Dodge Challenger crashed into a white Mazda SUV and a black Toyota Prius in Santa Rosa, California. The accident took place around 3 a.m. near the intersection at Hoen Avenue and Cypress Way. Unfortunately, a homeless woman and her dog were killed in the three-car collision.
Police suspect that the driver had been speeding when he hit into a telephone pole and then into the Mazda, pushing it into the front yard of a house nearby. Then, the driver crashed into a Prius parked a bit farther down from the car.
A female passenger, later identified as Kellie Nora Michelle of Santa Rose, and her dog had been in the Mazda at the time of the accident. It is assumed that they were living out of her car for some time and had been sleeping when the Challenger hit into it. They were reported dead at the scene. The Prius was luckily unoccupied.
The driver of the Challenger was Angel Ivan Martinez of Santa Rosa and, according to police reports, he showed signs of intoxication. Investigators determined that Martinez had been under the influence during the incident. After being treated for minor injuries, he was arrested for vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence and for DUI as well.
The vehicles were completely totaled and a power line got hit, causing some areas to lose power. As a result, over 500 people were affected by the outage.