Woman accused of driving with dead man lodged in windshield expected in court

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VISTA, Calif. — A suspected drunk driver accused of fatally striking a pedestrian on an Oceanside sidewalk, which severed one of his legs and sent his body through her windshield and left him lodged in her passenger seat, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the courthouse in Vista.

Esteysi Izazaga Sanchez, who goes by Stacy, allegedly drove for at least a mile with the victim’s body partially inside her Pontiac sedan after hitting the man walking alongside Mission Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Monday. The victim’s detached leg landed on the trunk of the car, according to Oceanside police.

Sanchez, 29, allegedly parked in a cul-de-sac on Magdalena Drive and walked away shortly afterward. Responding officers found the victim still inside the car.

The victim has yet to be publicly identified, but authorities said he was a 69-year-old Oceanside resident.

Sanchez’s live-in boyfriend called police, who found the suspect at their home on Avenida del Gado — about two blocks away from where she left the car, according to Oceanside police. Officers determined that she was under the influence of alcohol and took her into custody on suspicion of DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.