California: Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Nurse Sarita Shakya killed by DUI driver operating wrong way on highway

Nurse killed by DUI wrong-way driver

Sarita Shakya killed by DUI driver 4S Ranch San Diego 121916

From CBS San Diego 8 

SAN DIEGO (12/20/2016) – The medical examiner has identified the local woman killed by a suspected drunk driver in a head-on, wrong-way crash in the 4S Ranch area late Saturday night. Meanwhile, the suspect is recovering from major injuries sustained during the crash.

Officers reported that a 34-year-old suspected drunk driver in a Toyota Sienna minivan was driving on the wrong side of the road before slamming into a gray Toyota Corolla around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

The collision happened at 16250 Camino Del Norte in the westbound lanes east of Camino San Bernardino, where at least one of the vehicles caught on fire killing the Corolla driver, 38-year-old Sarita Shakya.

Shakya, a nurse, and mother of a 4-year-old died at the scene.

Sarita’s neighbors were at a loss for words – as the news spread through her tight-knit community of 4S Ranch.   MORE

Officials at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego released a statement after learning of Shakya’s death.

“Sarita was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister and sister-in-law to all of us. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her joy, beauty and enthusiasm for life were heart-warming.”