California Highway Patrol officers arrested a young Santa Rosa woman Monday night on suspicion of drunk driving following a crash on Highway 101 in Petaluma that left her two passengers with critical injuries, officials said.
Yessenia Gomez, 19, was headed north on the highway at about 7:30 p.m. near Corona Road when the 2002 Honda Civic she was driving rolled at least once and landed on its wheels, the CHP said.
Passenger Erasmo Lugo‑Garcia, 18, of Santa Rosa was thrown from the backseat out a back window. Petaluma firefighters found him unconscious with multiple critical injuries.
Alex Nunez, 16, of Windsor, seated in the front passenger seat, was conscious and talking to firefighters. But then his health rapidly deteriorated and he temporarily stopped breathing, according to initial reports. He’d suffered a head injury and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, along with Lugo‑Garcia and Gomez.
Gomez had minor injuries and was arrested at the hospital.
Booked on felony drunken driving and causing major injuries, Gomez remained in Sonoma County Jail Tuesday with bail set at $100,000.