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Two women killed by suspected drunk driver identified

June 17, 2012 |  9:51 pm

Two women who were killed in Boyle Heights Saturday when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver fleeing California Highway Patrol officers have been identified as 19-year-old Marlene Alatorre and 38-year-old Claudia Fernandez, authorities said.

The two died late Saturday after a 2005 Toyota Camry allegedly driven by Elba Jimenez, 37, of Upland, ran a red light and plowed into a crowd of taco truck patrons, according to the CHP. At least two other people suffered minor injuries, officers said.

Jimenez, who also sustained minor injuries, has been booked on suspicion of murder and drunk driving, CHP Sgt. Manuel Gill said Sunday.

According to the CHP, officers tried to pull Jimenez over after they saw her car weaving on the 10 Freeway about 11 p.m. Saturday. Jimenez allegedly then got on the 5 Freeway and sped down an off ramp before crashing into the taco truck on Cesar Chavez Avenue, officers said.


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-- Times staff and wire reports