According to the California Highway Patrol in Merced, Thursday evening, officers responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on West Sandy Mush Road near Combs Road where a woman killed her daughter while allegedly driving while impaired.
CHP said a 1997 Toyota Camry was traveling at a high rate of speed east on Sandy Mush Road.
Officials said for unknown reasons, the driver, 40-year-old Judith Nava from Merced, went off the right shoulder, lost control and rolled several times.
CHP Officer Eric Zuniga said Nava’s 17-year-old daughter, who was in the front passenger seat, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled.
The vehicle came to a rest on top of the 17-year-old. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nava and her 22-year-old son, who was in the backseat, were both wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
CHP officials said alcohol also appears to be a factor in the crash.
“There’s three factors in this collision that could’ve been avoided. Obviously, speed, drinking and not wearing a seat belt,” said Officer Zuniga.
“That’s one thing that we constantly see as officers or first responders. You know just that small little negligence that impacts not only themselves but a whole family, community,” he said.
Nava was arrested and booked into the Merced County jail for driving without a license, manslaughter, and DUI, causing great bodily injury. She is being held on $160,360 bail.
Inmate Detail – NAVA, JUDITH MEDRANO
- Name NAVA, JUDITH MEDRANO
- Subject Number 193773
- Age 40
- Gender FEMALE
- Race HISPANIC
- Height 5′ 5″
- Weight 140.0 lbs
- Address MERCED, CALIFORNIA
- Aliases MEDRANO NAVA, JUDITH, NAVA, JUDITH
3/11/2021 10:41 PM
- Booking Date: 3/11/2021 10:36 PM
- Release Date
- Scheduled Release Date
- Prisoner Type: NEW ARREST
- Housing Facility: JOHN LATORACCA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
- Total Bond Amount: $160,360.00
- Total Bail Amount: $0.00
- Booking Origin: CHP – MERCED
|Bond Number||Bond Type||Bond Amount|
|Charges||Court Date||Court||Court Room|
|Number||Charge Description||Offense Date||Docket Number||Sentence Date||Disposition||Disposition Date||Sentence Length||Crime Class||Arresting Agency||Attempt/Commit||Bond|
|3||UNLICENSED DRIVER||3/11/2021 10:42 PM||MISDEMEANOR||2021-00003281|
|2||MANSLAUGHTER- DRIVING VEHICLE WITH GROSS NEGLIGENCE||3/11/2021 10:42 PM||FELONY||2021-00003280|
|1||DUI ALCOHOL/DRUGS CAUSING BODILY INJURY||3/11/2021 10:42 PM||FELONY||2021-0000327|