The driver of a car who officials say rear-ended a pickup truck on Interstate 19 early Monday, causing a fatal rollover, is facing charges related to the wreck.
Cholla Tai Meaudine, 31, of Arcata, Calif., was booked into Pima County jail on suspicion of second degree murder, criminal damage and possession of marijuana, said Officer Raul Molina, a Department of Public Safety spokesman in a news release.
Meaudine was driving a Honda car south on Interstate 19 near the Ajo exit at a high rate of speed when investigators say she rear-ended a Ford pick up truck, driven by Martina Sonoqui, just before 2 a.m., the release said. The truck swerved to the right and rolled, Sonoqui, 56, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her vehicle, the release said.
Meaudine was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center where she was treated for bruises and scratches, the release said.
Officers believe she may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
The investigation continues.