16-Year-Old California Girl Killed In Sleep After Drunk Driver Crashes Into Home

| by Emily Smith

A 16-year-old Southern California girl was killed while sleeping after an alleged drunken driver crashed his SUV into her home Sunday morning.

Roberto Rodriguez crashed his Nissan Pathfinder into a corner of the girl’s apartment around 3:50 a.m. and damaged two units. When police arrived to the scene, they found the SUV embedded in the apartment building and the girl dead inside.

The unidentified girl was a local high school student.

Half of the building was evacuated because of leaking fuel from the vehicle and structural concerns, though residents were allowed to return once the building was deemed structurally sound.

Witnesses reported that the SUV was traveling around 80 mph when it crashed into the building.

Rodriguez was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, then booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Sources: Boston Globe, TIME