H-SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Dec 23, 2013 2:30 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Murder charges filed against woman accused of causing deadly Highway 246 crash

Four days after a former teacher from the Santa Ynez Valley was killed in a crash on Highway 246 near the Chumash Casino, murder charges have been filed against the woman accused of driving under the influence and causing the collision, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Monday.

Rebecca Cristal Sandoval, 37, from Lompoc, is charged with murder, felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony driving under the influence of drugs causing bodily injury after the December 19 crash that killed Linda Wall, 68, and injured a 28-year-old woman.

The California Highway Patrol says Wall was slowing down for a red light near Cuesta Road when her Toyota Highlander was rear-ended by Sandoval's Jeep.

CHP says Sandoval was driving at an unsafe speed at the time.

The crash caused Wall's Highlander to hit the vehicle stopped in front of her.

Wall was taken to the hospital where she later died. The other woman injured was treated at the hospital and released.

Sandoval is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs on July 11.

She is expected to be arraigned Monday.

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