Motorcyclist Killed, Driver Arrested for DUI in Elk Grove Crash

8:02 PM, Apr 19, 2009   |    comments
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ELK GROVE, CA - A Sacramento driver faces possible DUI and murder charges after she struck and killed a motorcyclist in Elk Grove Saturday night, an Elk Grove police spokesman said.

Rebecca Vela, 33, was arrested and booked on murder and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs following the crash near the intersection of E. Stockton Blvd. and Teresa Way in Elk Grove around 10:25 p.m. Saturday, Elk Grove police spokesman Chris Trim said.

Witnesses said Vela's Acura TL was speeding northbound in the southbound lane on E. Stockton Blvd. when she swerved back into the correct lane and rear ended the motorcyclist, Trim said.

Stanley Franklin Spaeth, 54, of Sacramento was pronounced dead at the scene.  A family member said Spaetch worked two jobs to help support his family, including wife Denise and two children, ages 17 and 14.

Officers who interviewed Vela said she showed signs of impairment and she was taken into custody.


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