Family & Friends Rally To Remember Teens Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

A large group of Native Americans and other residents of Hoopa traveled to Redding on Saturday to bring the message that they haven’t forgotten the lives of two young women taken a year earlier by an allegedly drunk driver. The collision happened at 12:35AM last November 3rd at the corner of Hartnell and Churn Creek. 26-year-old Kendra Andersen-Schwegerl was driving a Ford Freestyle on Churn Creek Road, reportedly speeding and straddling both southbound lanes. At the Hartnell intersection the light was red and she plowed into the rear of a Toyota Corolla containing five people. 19-year-old Erica Young and 18-year-old Wa-Rec Lacy Mae Jackson were killed. The other three passengers suffered major injuries. Andersen-Schwegerl had minor injuries. There were apparently open containers of alcohol in her SUV and the district attorney’s office says she had a blood alcohol level of .254, more than 3 times the legal limit. She faces two counts of second degree murder, with several enhancements. Andersen-Schwegerl’s jury trial is expected to begin in January.

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