LANCASTER – A 26-year-old Lancaster woman accused of driving drunk and causing a single-car rollover crash that killed her passenger has been charged with murder.
Desiray Tona is charged with murdering 28-year-old Casey Eutsler of Palmdale, according to court records. Tona is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content or more causing injury.
The felony complaint alleges that Tona personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Eutsler and that Tona’s blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent or more at the time of the car crash.
The fatal collision occurred around 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, on Avenue A, just west of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Tona was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang westbound on Avenue A when she veered off the road onto a dirt shoulder, the CHP reported.
The Mustang then crossed into the oncoming traffic lane before careening into a dirt field where it flipped several times, the CHP reported. Eutsler was ejected from the car during the overturn sequence and the vehicle landed on top of him, killing him, according to the CHP.
Tona sustained minor injuries in the crash; she was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Charges were filed against Tona on Monday, Nov. 23, according to court records. She appeared in court but did not enter a plea, and her arraignment was postponed to Dec. 7, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office..
Tona’s bail is now set at $1 million, according to LASD inmate records.
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