Witnesses to fatal crash asked to come forward

Screen Shot 2013-01-03 at 4.37.14 PMSANTEE, Calif. — Investigators want to talk to two men who came to the aid of a young woman accused of causing a fatal wrong-way, head-on crash in Santee last month.

The fatal crash on eastbound Highway 52, east of Mast Boulevard, occurred just before 1 a.m. Dec. 29, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.

Witnesses reported that two men not involved in the accident stopped to help the driver of a white Chevy 2500HD that had just struck a tan 1970s-era Volkswagen Beetle, Sanchez said. The men left without speaking with authorities.

The driver of the Beetle, Jayme Alan Midlam, 25, died at the scene, and the driver of the Chevy — 23-year-old April Carole Thompson of National City — was later arrested in the hospital on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Thompson suffered moderate injuries in the crash. On Tuesday, a judge found there was sufficient evidence to order her to stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on a highway resulting in death.

She faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted.

The CHP asked the men or anyone else with information about the crash to come forward by calling Officer Brad Clinkscales at 619-220-5492.

8 comments

  • just saying1987

    their are two teens that rape two girls and get 58 and 50 years in prison and she KILLED someone and only gets 10 year ohh no thats not right. Im not saying the teens should get less but i belive a murder should be more then 10 years.

    • SplayFoot

      There is the matter of intent to consider. If she were not drunk, but instead elderly and confused (maybe your grandma) I wonder if you would be saying the same thing. When to punish and how much is always a tough discussion and I'm not saying you're wrong, but I would suggest that someone who intended to do harm is doing a greater harm than someone who did not intend harm. Just another point of view.

  • Sabrina

    Snitches get stitches? Are you threatening those who speak in the name of justice on behalf of my dead friend? Move on with your ignorance. People have a lot of nerve disrespecting the dead.

  • Nicholas

    That woman commit a crime….intoxicated she killed innocent person. This is very serious crime, and deserves very serious punishment….50 years behind bars would quite fair punishment, but 10 years….that's a real joke….and if convicted. That means…for me, that in Peoples Republic of Kalifornia this is reasonable scenario…

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