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Intoxicated woman in fatal ’22 crash was going 98 mph in 35 mph zone, charges say

Feb 21, 2024, 8:45 PM | Updated: 8:45 pm

Eastyn K. Tueller, 19, is accused of going nearly 100 mph when her vehicle smashed into another veh...

Eastyn K. Tueller, 19, is accused of going nearly 100 mph when her vehicle smashed into another vehicle near 600 North and 900 West on Dec. 26, 2022. She has now been charged with manslaughter and several other charges. (Salt Lake Police)

(Salt Lake Police)

SALT LAKE CITY — A West Valley woman accused of traveling nearly 100 mph in a 35 mph zone while driving impaired has been charged with causing a fatal crash in 2022.

Eastyn K. Tueller, 19, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with manslaughter and negligently operating a vehicle resulting in death, second-degree felonies; negligently operating a vehicle resulting in serious injury, a third-degree felony; reckless driving and unlawful possession of alcohol by a minor, class B misdemeanors; driving on a denied license and having an open container in a vehicle, class C misdemeanors; and several traffic infractions including running a red light, speeding and failing to obey a traffic signal.

Just before 11 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2022, police say a 2020 Kia Rio ran a red light at 600 North and 900 West and smashed into a 2012 Ford Escape. Two people in the Ford, a man and Rose Elena Mendez-Leyva, 61, were found trapped in the car. Emergency crews freed both victims from the car and took them to a local hospital in critical and extremely critical conditions, charging documents state.

“Officers were later notified that Rose had passed away from her injuries and that (the man) was intubated, had bleeding on the brain and was scheduled to have surgery that night for the damage sustained to his intestines,” according to the charges.

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Intoxicated woman in fatal ’22 crash was going 98 mph in 35 mph zone, charges say