DUI Suspect Drives With Body Lodged in Car for 1 Mile in Hit-And-Run: Police

Police say Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, drove her car onto the sidewalk and hit the victim

A suspected drunken driver killed a pedestrian in a bloody hit-and-run Monday, driving for a mile with the victim's body lodged in the front seat, said police in Oceanside, California. The driver allegedly parked in a cul-de-sac and walked away, before being arrested.

The collision happened about 6:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Mission Avenue, where witnesses reported seeing a man walking on the sidewalk get hit by a car, according to the Oceanside Police Department. 

Police said Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, drove her car onto the sidewalk and hit the man.

Izazaga is suspected of driving under the influence, police said. Because of how fast the vehicle was traveling, the victim flew into the windshield, head down, coming to a rest on the front passenger seat, police said.

The man's leg detached from his body and flew through the back window, landing on the trunk of the car, police said. 

Izazaga continued driving for about a mile, police said, eventually parking her car in a neighborhood cul-de-sac and walking away. 

Witnesses called police, who found Izazaga a few blocks away. She was arrested and charged with felony DUI, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. She was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney. 

The victim has not yet been identified. Authorities are working to contact the family before releasing their name. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4911.

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