Mother accused of fatal drunk driving to stand trial

VISTA — A mother of four faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of an after-midnight drunken driving crash that killed her fiance and two young North County women on state Route 78 near Sycamore Avenue last August.
Debbie Pacheco Sumi, 34, was in court on Feb. 24 when San Diego Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman ordered her to stand trial.
She remains in jail on a $5 million bail and the next court date is set for March 23.
Sumi will go to trial for three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and for a count of a DUI that caused injury.
Erica Olivia and Susana Orozco, both 23, were killed when the Jeep Cherokee allegedly driven by Sumi had struck the women as they stood outside of their 2008 Nissan car and were on the shoulder of the road while one of the women was getting sick.
The two vehicles then collided after the women were struck, according to reports.
According to the North County Times, Sumi was ejected from the Jeep Cherokee when the vehicles collided, and her fiance, Larry Alvarez, died at the scene after being partially ejected through the windshield.
Prosecutor Jodi Breton told the court that Sumi’s blood-alcohol content was more than triple the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to several reports.


Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?