The case against an alleged drunken driver accused in the deaths of two people in a crash on Interstate 8 near Alpine remains under review, with no charges expected to be filed Thursday, a district attorney's spokeswoman said.
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Sunny Hall, 30, was expected to be released from custody as the investigation continues, said Tanya Sierra of the District Attorney's Office.
On Thursday afternoon, a representative with the San Diego County District Attorney's office told 10News via email that the case involving Hall is a priority that remains under review.
"When a suspect in a crime is arrested, California law sets a window of three days to gather sufficient evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt and issue charges or the suspect must be released from custody. In this case, further investigation is needed. Our office, along with the California Highway Patrol are working diligently to complete the investigation in a timely manner. Our office has also been in touch with family members of both victims and are keeping them informed during the process," the representative said.
A deadly series of accidents began shortly before 3 a.m. Monday, when 25-year-old Angela August lost control of her eastbound 2009 Toyota Yaris for unknown reasons on Interstate 8, just west of Tavern Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The compact car traveled up a roadside embankment, then overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest across the far left-hand lane of the freeway, with August pinned inside, CHP public affairs Officer Brian Pennings said.
A short time later, 59 year-old Jimmy Arevalo of El Centro either crashed his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into August's compact car or pulled over to try to assist her, Pennings said. Arevalo was standing or walking on the roadway alongside the damaged Yaris when Hall's eastbound 2003 Audi A6 plowed into it and struck him.
August, an Alpine resident, and Arevalo died at the scene, and officers arrested Hall on suspicion of DUI, Pennings said.
Dawn August, Angela August's mother, confirmed that the district attorney has been in touch with her family. She told 10News that while she believes both they and the CHP are doing good jobs, she's frustrated by the way the system works.
"I still don't understand the legal system totally and I don't understand why they can't keep her until they can determine what's going on because I'm very afraid that she could do some more damage to somebody else," said August.
10News learned Arevalo was a popular teacher in Calexico and August was working as a substitute teacher while attending graduate school.
When asked about Hall's impending release, August said, "I'm appalled. I'm angry. I'm afraid for other people that [when] she comes out, she might be putting other people at risk. She doesn't seem to be a very responsible person, and I'm afraid she might just run."
10News learned Hall has an extensive criminal record that includes 16 arrests -- six of them felonies -- in Washington state.
Records on file with the Washington State Patrol's Identification and Criminal History Section showed Hall with guilty findings for drug possession, theft, forgery, escape, bail jumping and four convictions for driving with a suspended or revoked license.
According to records, she has spent time in the Washington state prison system.
Angela August will be buried Saturday, the day her family had planned to celebrate her graduation from UCSD.
The fact that Hall could be free on that day is "disheartening, and awful," said August, who told 10News her daughter's body will be transported to the cemetery in a white horse-drawn carriage.
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