A deadly suspected DUI crash claimed three lives Sunday in Strathmore. They are 21-year-old Ben Navarro, 22-year-old Jasmyn Linares, and the suspected drunk driver 24-year-old Arnold Zuniga.
In the car also, the couple’s one-year-old son Maddox Rawlings.
California Highway Patrol Officers said Zuniga crashed into the couple’s car when allegedly driving drunk — killing himself, the couple, and injuring the couple’s son.
They said Zuniga was driving eastbound but in the wrong lane — straight towards the family of three. That’s when they moved lanes to avoid Zuniga but he was swerving so badly it didn’t stop him from still winding up in their lane hitting them head on.
Jasmyn’s family, at a loss for words.
Her uncle, Manuel Linares, said the couple and Maddox were on their way to a family member’s house returning chairs they had borrowed for Maddox’s first birthday celebration just the day before.
He remembered his joyful niece.
“She had a lot of joy, she was full of life, and she was a really really smart girl. We had high expectations like she was going to be a doctor or something,” she Manuel.
He said Jasmyn was six months pregnant with the couple’s second son who they would name Quinton.
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