Police Arrest Jessica Nieto for DUI after Crash in Temecula Killing Her Child
TEMECULA, CA (July 26, 2022) – An 8-year-old girl died and police arrested Jessica Nieto after a DUI crash in Temecula on Sunday, July 24.
The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. on Highway 79 at Anza Road. Nieto, a 33-year-old Temecula resident, was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot west on the two-lane highway when she drifted to the right and into the dirt shoulder.
Nieto attempted to pull the SUV back onto the roadway but over-corrected, sending the vehicle into the opposing lane. The Pilot then collided with an eastbound 2011 Chevrolet Silverado.
Nieto’s 8-year-old child, who was one of the passengers in the Pilot, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
A 12-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl in the Pilot suffered major injuries and were taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center. Nieto was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center with major injuries.
Three Thermal residents in the Silverado were also injured and taken to Inland Valley Medical Center. The driver, 46-year-old Benjamin Mauldin, and a 43-year-old woman suffered major injuries while a 12-year-old girl sustained minor injuries.
Police later arrested Nieto on suspicion of felony DUI, child endangerment and gross vehicular manslaughter.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the fatal crash.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
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