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News 8 tracks down driver at center of fatal crash investigation

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - News 8 tracked down an alleged DUI driver involved in a crash on Interstate 8 near Alpine that killed two people.

Sunny May Hall, 30, walked out of jail Thursday with no charges filed against her because the crash investigation and toxicology testing are not complete.

A statement released by the District Attorney's Office said:

Criminal charges will not be filed against Sunny Hall at this afternoon's scheduled arraignment; however, the case is a priority and remains under review. When a suspect in a crime is arrested, California law sets a window of three days to gather sufficient evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt and issue charges or the suspect must be released from custody. In this case, further investigation is needed.

Our office, along with the California Highway Patrol are working diligently to complete the investigation in a timely manner. Our office has also been in touch with family members of both victims and are keeping them informed during the process.

The deadly series of accidents began shortly before 3 a.m. Monday, when 25-year-old Angela August lost control of her eastbound 2009 Toyota Yaris for unknown reasons on Interstate 8, just west of Tavern Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The compact car traveled up a roadside embankment, then overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest across the far left-hand lane of the freeway, with August pinned inside, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings said.

A short time later, 59 year-old Jimmy Arevalo of El Centro either crashed his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into August's compact car or pulled over to try to assist her, Pennings said. Arevalo was standing or walking on the roadway alongside the damaged Yaris when Hall's eastbound 2003 Audi A6 plowed into it and struck him.

August, an Alpine resident, and Arevalo died at the scene, and officers arrested Hall on suspicion of DUI, Pennings said.

On Friday, News 8 located Hall at a trailer park on E. Main Street in El Cajon.  She declined to comment on the case and ran inside a nearby trailer.

An unidentified man with Hall did answer questions.  He blamed August for the crash.

He said August was "driving up embankments and overturning on the freeway, what's her problem?  She drunk or something?"

The Highway Patrol said there is no indication that August had been drinking that night.  Toxicology testing is still pending on all three drivers.

Sunny Hall has been ordered to appear in court on Wednesday, June 20, according to investigators.

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