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Evans man charged with DUI in traffic death

Posted: March 28, 2013 - 11:49am  |  Updated: March 28, 2013 - 12:05pm
Christopher Joseph San Miguel, 27, of Evans, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide for a March 2 wreck that killed a Martinez woman.   Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Christopher Joseph San Miguel, 27, of Evans, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and vehicular homicide for a March 2 wreck that killed a Martinez woman.

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An Evans man was arrested Thursday after test results showed he was intoxicated while driving at the time of a March 2 wreck that killed his passenger.

Christopher Joseph San Miguel, 27, turned himself in to authorities Thursday and was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Alaina Kensinger, 28, of Martinez, died as a result of injuries she sustained in the wreck on Interstate 20 near the weight station.

Test results received from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Wednesday showed that San Miguel’s blood alcohol concentration was .165, more than double the legal limit, at the time of the crash, according to Morris.

San Miguel was driving east on I-20 at about 4:30 a.m., when he is believed to have fallen asleep. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road, turned sideways and struck a guardrail before hitting a metal sign pole. Witness told deputies that San Miguels’ vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash. He and Kensinger were wearing seatbelts.

Kensinger died a few hours later at the Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center.

San Miguel was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $13,400 bond, according jail records.

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