One dead, one arrested in suspected DUI crash near Mendota

October 15, 2013 

— A 20-year-old Mendota woman died early Tuesday in a suspected drunken-driving accident south of Mendota, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The victim’s name was not immediately released pending notification of her family.

“Alcohol is suspected to have been a contributing factor in this collision,” the CHP said in a statement.

Jacqueline Lopez, 25, suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash and was treated at a Fresno hospital before she was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving, the CHP said.

The CHP said Lopez was driving west on Highway180, west of Panoche Road, in a gray 2009 Toyota Corolla “at a high rate of speed.”

“Due to her level of intoxication, Mrs. Lopez failed to negotiate the curve and allowed her vehicle to leave the north side of the roadway,” the CHP said in the news release.

Investigators said the car flipped numerous times and the female passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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