Alcoholic Beverage Control Investigating April Wrong-Way Crash that Killed 4

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News this week that an underage woman was legally drunk when she drove her car the wrong way on Highway 50 before eventually crashing and killing herself, along with three innocent victims, has sparked a new investigation.

California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control wants to know where, or how, 19-year-old Elizabet Torres-Zela got the alcohol that was in her system in the hours leading up to the tragedy.

"Where was the source of the alcohol?" asked John Carr with the ABC. "Who gave the alcohol to the minor, or did someone at all give alcohol to her?"

The California Highway Patrol says Torres-Zela's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

The ABC.'s TRACE Program is designed to backtrack investigations involving serious incidents like this, where both minors and alcohol were involved.

"If a store or a bar, or a place that ABC licenses sells alcohol to a minor who is involved in something like this, then they are looking at a suspension and a revoking of their license depending on the track-record of the business and other factors," Carr said.

It could be determined though, that an individual bought alcohol in this case, then gave it to Torres-Zela. That person then would face thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time.

There also is a chance the investigation does not uncover any wrong-doing by a business or individual, or that it's undetermined where exactly Torres-Zela got the alcohol related to this case.

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