Salinas woman to be sentenced for deadly DUI crash

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SALINAS — A Salinas woman will be sentenced to prison next month for three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and one count of driving under the influence of a drug, causing great bodily injury for her role in a crash that killed three people.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office says Hilda Beatriz Valencia Flores, 29, will be sentenced to serve 11 years and 8 months in prison on March 30.

On May 31, 2019, Anai Rangel, who was 20 at the time, and her mother, Teresa Rangel, 43, left their Salinas home at 5:30 a.m. for their jobs at J. Marchini Farms in Watsonville. Anai Rangel was driving and along the way to work, they picked up Marta Rangel Torres, 58, and Blanca Rangel, 49.

According to the DA’s Office, the women were heading northbound on San Miguel Canyon Road when Anai Rangel saw Valencia Flores’ Chevrolet Malibu traveling south, coming straight toward her in the northbound lane. Anai tried to swerve out of the way but Valencia Flores also swerved in the same direction, which caused a head-on collision.

Teresa Rangel, Marta Rangel Torres and Blanca Rangel died of multiple blunt force trauma in the crash. Anai Rangel survived but suffered multiple bone fractures from the incident. Immediately before the crash, another motorist who had been driving behind Valencia Flores observed her weaving all over the road to the point he attempted to call 911 to report a possible drunken driver. Moments later, the motorist witnessed the head-on collision.

A California Highway Patrol officer who contacted Valencia Flores at the scene saw that she was displaying signs of being under the influence of a drug. Shortly after, a methamphetamine pipe was found in the front pocket of her jacket. A blood sample was taken from Flores and later analysis by the state Department of Justice confirmed that she had methamphetamine in her system.

Contributed by local news sources

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