LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — The woman who was driving a van that crashed and burst into flames, killing her and her six children, was drunk, the California Highway Patrol said.
Sandra Annette Mitchell, 34, of Livermore had a blood alcohol level of .32 percent, four times the legal limit, police said Wednesday.
Mitchell and the children, who ranged from age 3 to 15, died from burns. Her husband, Dennis Mitchell, 38, suffered only a hand injury.
Police said Mitchell allowed the van to cross into the oncoming lane. The van went off the road, hit two trees then rolled and burst into flames.