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Victim in Alleged DUI Crash Involving Murrieta Driver Dies

Emma Araujo, 40, of Long Beach, died Monday after suffering major injuries in the crash early Sunday on Ramona Expressway. Yadira Gonzalez, of Murrieta, was allegedly driving drunk when the collision occurred, according to San Jacinto police.

Yadira Gonzalez is shown Nov. 3, 2013 in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
Yadira Gonzalez is shown Nov. 3, 2013 in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Photo: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
This article was originally published at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 and updated at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 6.

The victim in a San Jacinto car crash early Sunday—allegedly caused by a Murrieta woman suspected of driving drunk—has succumbed to her injuries, according to an updated report.

The deceased was identified as Emma Araujo, 40, from Long Beach, according to Sgt. Bob Marks with the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office. Araujo died at 11:33 p.m. Monday at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the sergeant said.

Araujo was the passenger in a Toyota Sienna in the 1:45 a.m. crash Sunday on Ramona Expressway, according to the San Jacinto Police Department. She and the driver of the minivan, whose identity has not been released, were both transported to local hospitals with major injuries.

Yadira Gonzalez, 38, of Murrieta, the driver of a Chrysler PT Cruiser, was arrested and jailed on suspicion of felony DUI with injury as a result of the wreck. She was released Monday from Larry D. Smith Correctional Center after posting $50,000 bond.

"The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges will be considered," stated San Jacinto police Sgt. Scott Burns, in an update published Tuesday.

According to a report from the San Jacinto Police Department, Gonzalez was driving eastbound on the Expressway—west of Lyon Avenue—when she entered a construction area and collided with an Arrow Board Trailer.

The crash impact pushed the trailer into the westbound lane of the Ramona Expressway, where it collided with the Toyota Sienna, according to the report.

Ramona Expressway was closed for approximately 10 hours while members of the San Jacinto Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the collision was encouraged to call the San Jacinto Police Department’s Traffic Division at 951-654-2702.


Local Resident November 06, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Time to go back and hook her up and raise the bail.
liss November 06, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Is she legal ? Or did this one slip through the tunnels ! Death penalty
Ray ray November 06, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Bring back executions!
Erin Cannon November 06, 2013 at 10:32 PM
This is a true tragedy for all of the families involved including her own family. I know for a fact that she's not an illegal alien and has children at home. I can't imagine what all of these families are going through. The biggest question I have is who let her leave wherever she was so inebriated? They should be held accountable too. My heart aches for her children and the other two families that have been forever changed by the selfish choice to drive drunk.
James Cool November 06, 2013 at 11:54 PM
This unthinkable TRAGEDY has affected so may people in so many places..... This may very well be the Single Most Significant Tragedy caused by a person who at the time knew that she was doing something that she was incapable of..... that was driving a vehicle....
ef squad November 08, 2013 at 03:28 AM
They should have not let her post bail ,now she just goes back to mexico with a slap on the wrist, really,
Octavius Jelamendariz Basquez November 08, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I used to work with her at Shakeys Pizza during our senior year in high school. She was 18 and I was 17. She would take money from the register and I would usually take a case or two of beer and we would close early and go do what teenagers do out in Trabuco Canyon. One night we had our friend hold up the very same Shakeys we worked at, after that incident we all went to Vegas with fake IDs and had a blast. I would leave my wife right now if I ever had the chance to be with Yaya again. Good times.
Katie November 10, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Been a close friend of Yadira and I know for a fact Yadira never worked at shakeys, at 17 she had her first daughter and was going to school in sandiego, it's unbelievable how people will go on here and fabricate ANYTHING. She is definitely not illegal, she is the most caring, kind, humble, selfless person who made an honest mistake, she is no criminal, and has no record. It's a tragedy for the other family as my prayers are with them every single day it could have been someone's mom,sister,daughter. My heart also goes out to her family who is going through a difficult time mourning the loss of this woman, by a choice that was that will forever change their lives, god didn't make anyone perfect, he created us to be imperfect, so all of you just remember to be perfect for the rest of your lives. God bless
Alondra Hernandez November 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Emma Araujo was a devoted mother of two, a loving wife, a great daughter, a wonderful sister and a compassionate human being to those who knew her or ever met her. Our family is distraught! And we want justice!!
Maria Najera November 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM
That's sucks y does innocent ppl have to die instead of the dum ppl that make the stupid choice of drinking n drive
Katie December 26, 2013 at 07:08 PM
I'm at loss for words and nothing I say here today will bring your loved one back. But I want you to know that my deepest sincerest condolences go out to you and your family. I can tell you that since November 3rd our lives haven't been the same the pain that we feel will never be anywhere near the pain that you feel...and I know I don't know you but I wake up every morning praying that god comforts you guys through this difficult time I pray that he brings peace to your heart and that he helps you find strenght and forgiveness ,and if justice is what you want then justice is what you will get. I put myself in your shoes every morning when I wake up and I would want the same for my mom.. just want to let you know this has been so painful for my brother, sister and I, your not alone in this tragedy our whole family has you in our prayers every single day. May god bless you today tomorrow and every single day. -Yadira's daughter

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