SF Police Keep Busy With Drunk Drivers
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
January 02, 2014 4:17 PM
‘X’ marks the spot, Sycamore Avenue and 10th Street is already the site of one fatal car accident, not even two hours into the new year, ‘X’ will mark the spot of a second fatal accident.
Tanya Sanchez, a mother of six, was killed when an alleged drunk driver, Oscar Madrigal, ran a flashing red light and struck the car Sanchez was riding in.
Madrigal faces up to 25 years in prison and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
Tanya Sanchez's husband was driving the car and begged for drinking and driving to stop at a vigil for Tanya, Wednesday night.
“If you are going to drink, don't drive, please. Look at what happened. A good person was taken out of many people’s lives,” said Nigel Sanchez.
That crash is still under investigation.
Earlier that day, Nichole Kroger, a mother of 5, was spotted by an off duty officer driving all over the road near 26th street and Cliff avenue.
When police caught up with Kroger she was driving on the sidewalk for at least half a block, and her speed varied from 5 to 50 miles per hour.
“He got the vehicle stopped. There was an intoxicated driver who had two of her children in the back seat, 8 and 10 years of age,” explained Lt. Jerome Miller of the Sioux Police Department.
Kroger had a blood alcohol level of .21 and this is the 6th time Kroger had been arrested for driving while intoxicated.
She is being charged with two counts of child endangerment as well as her DWI offense. She is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.
Later Wednesday night a drunk driver was to blame for a causing damage to the Bed Bath and Beyond in Sioux Falls, after they ran into the front door. The driver was arrested for her first DWI and posted bail.
Despite the notable drunk driving incidents DWI numbers were down this New Years.
From 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 2 a.m. New Year’s Day there were 9 DWI arrests compared to 14 last year.
“That's the type of stuff that is out there all the time, unfortunately. So, that's the reason we are out there and we appreciate those kinds of tips whether they come from one of our officers or another citizen,” added Lt. Miller.
For some families like the Sanchez's the damage is done, as drinking and driving takes another life.