Woman Confessed DUI After She Crashed Car Head On & Killed 1 Man

A 26-year-old single mother entered a guilty plea to gross vehicular manslaughter on December 16 in connection with a tragic head-on collision on Highway 99 near Chico.

The information about the incident is provided by the Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. According to Ramsey, during Shelby Alvarez’s initial court appearance, she entered a guilty plea.

Alvarez admitted to driving the wrong way on Highway 99 in Chico while texting. The test revealed her blood alcohol percentage at .25 percent, according to the DA’s office. At about 11 p.m., she struck a 2007 Chevy Corvette head-on close to the Highway 32 crossing.

Octavio Alcaraz-Jimenez, 21, the driver of the Corvette, was killed at the scene after being ejected from his seat in the collision, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers.

In light of Alvarez’s lack of prior criminal history and her admission of responsibility for her acts, the public counsel for Alvarez asked the judge to grant his client’s own recognition release to an alcohol rehabilitation facility while the judge considered her sentence.