Driver of Prius Involved in Fatal Wrong-Way Crash Identified

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Authorities have identified the wrong-way driver responsible for the Highway 50 crash that killed four people early Wednesday morning.

The driver of the Toyota Prius involved in the three-vehicle crash has been identified as 19-year-old Elizabet Torreszela.

Michael Bradley with the California Highway Patrol says Torreszela was licensed and had a clean driving record.

Torreszela reportedly drove the wrong way on Highway 50 for several miles before crashing into a pickup truck carrying three men from Stockton.

Torreszela and the three men were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Torreszela’s next of kin was listed as her husband, Esteban Arias.

FOX40 learned Thursday that Torreszela worked at Islands restaurant in Roseville.

“She worked in the kitchen,” said a co-worker. “She didn’t speak very much English, but she was nice.”

In the hours following the crash, Torreszela’s mother reached out to Club Peru de Sacramento, a local organization, asking them for financial help with the funeral.

“We put some money, about $500, but that is nothing because we know they want to send the body to Peru,” said Gabriel Palacios with Club Peru.

Palacios believes it will take about $5,000 to cover the cost of sending Torreszela’s body back to Peru for a proper burial.


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