The driver of a car involved in a head-on collision last month was charged Thursday with killing seven people, including her two children.
Ginger B. Davis, 25, 8037 Harlan Drive, White City, Ore., was charged with seven counts of automobile homicide, a second-degree felony, in 3rd Circuit Court in Tooele.The collision occurred about 4:30 p.m. on May 23, 16 miles east of the Utah-Nevada border. Witnesses reported that Davis was driving in the wrong direction on I-80 and crashed into a vehicle driven by Ryu Koike, 34. Preliminary tests indicated that Davis had a blood-alcohol content of .23 - nearly three times the legal limit, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.
Davis has denied that she was drinking or was negligent in the collision.
Koike, a clinical assistant in the LDS Hospital Foreign Observer program, had been living in the Salt Lake area. He, his wife Toshie Koike, 32, his son Teppei, 11/2, and two of his wife's aunts visiting them from Japan - Riyoko Yamamoto, 45, and Emiko Yonezawa, age unknown - were pronounced dead at the scene. Davis' 6-year-old daughter Cheyene and 2-year-old son Justin were also killed.
A $25,000 warrant has been issued for Davis, who remains in University Hospital. She was in fair condition Friday, but Tooele investigators expect her to remain in the hospital for some time.
UHP Lt. Ron Ostler said Davis' Oregon driver's license was revoked in November 1990 after she was convicted of DUI.