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Driver in deadly “A Mountain” crash had blood-alcohol concentration of .40

TUCSON – Documents obtained by News 4 Tucson show that 20-year-old Yanibra Moreno, the suspect involved in a deadly crash on “A Mountain” on Oct. 11th, had a blood-alcohol concentration of .40.

That’s five times the legal limit of .08.

Police say Moreno was driving a silver 2002 Lexus GS300 down “A Mountain” the wrong way when she hit 73-year-old Richard E. Ellwanger, who was riding his bike.

Ellwanger died two hours after being transported to the hospital.

Moreno was booked into the Pima County Jail on Oct. 12th and faces one count of second-degree murder, one count of leaving the scene of a collision causing serious injury or death, and three counts of endangerment.

The interim complaint says that Moreno’s passenger told investigators that Moreno had been drinking from a green bottle that was seen inside the car. That bottle was later found to be Buchanan’s DeLuxe, a blend of Scotch and Whisky.

Investigators also found Michelob and Modelo beers in the car.

According to the complaint, witnesses told police that Moreno, “was heard telling the male that he should have been driving and she needed to leave. Moreno was heard telling the passenger that she had children at home and needed to leave the scene before police arrived and that she could get in trouble.”

Moreno then started to walk into the desert area saying she needed to leave. Several witnesses followed her and pointed her out to police when they arrived.

While police and Tucson Fire Department crews assessed Moreno, she became incoherent and was crying and mumbling. She began to roll around on the ground and would not follow directions.

After she arrived at the hospital she became combative with hospital paramedics.

Moreno’s next court appearance will be Oct. 24th.


Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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