Woodland family reacts to loss of relatives at hands of suspected drunk driver

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WOODLAND, Calif. - A devastating crash involving a suspected drunk driver claimed three members of a Woodland family Friday. 

It's a tragedy that has touched too many families; losing a loved due to a drunk driver.

Sue Guererro lost her daughter because someone else in another car was allegedly drunk behind the wheel.

"Knowing my daughter is one of the victims is just horrific," said Guererro. "She was a care giver. She loved people. She loved life."

Forty-two-year-old Nadarna Guererro, Nadarna's brother-in-law, and his wife were all driving to Fresno from Woodland early Friday morning when they were killed in a wreck.

The CHP says 23-year-old Colleen Torres of Lodi, was driving north on I-5 near Walnut Grove when her Jeep Cherokee hit a big rig in front of her. She lost control, crossed the center divide into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a VW Beetle driven by Nadarna's brother in law.

He, his wife, and Nadarna were all killed.

Torres survived but was arrested for DUI and charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

"She made that real wrong decision of putting the key in the ignition and thinking she was going to be all right," said Neil Guererro, Nadarna's brother.

The Guererro family wants to take action so it doesn't happen again. They want to start a group called "Families Against Drunk Driving."

"When someone is a victim of drunk driving, when somebody is killed, we believe it affects the whole family," said Neil.

He says another concern is that anyone could be the next victim of a drunk driver.

"It could be anybody. It could be anytime. Somebody makes that choice, it's devastating when you get that phone call. That everybody does not want to get," said Neil.

According to MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net


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