The Santa Rosa woman who died when her van crashed and burned in the center median of U.S. Highway 101 in a construction zone earlier this month had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood, the California Highway Patrol said this afternoon.CHP Sgt. Robert Mota said the 0.19 percent blood-alcohol level was the “primary factor” in the Sept. 3 crash that killed 39-year-old Elucina Moyado Guevara. The limit at which one is considered intoxicated is 0.08 percent.Guevara also had some methamphetamine in her blood, according to the toxicology tests, Mota said. “It was on the lower, non-toxic side,” Mota said. Mota said a witness, who was driving in the fast lane, said Guevara was driving her 1995 Dodge Grand Caravan in the center median south on the highway “like it was a lane” before the 9 p.m. crash north of Shiloh Road. The van traveled 300 feet in the center median before striking a raised concrete barrier, causing the van to burst into flames, the CHP said. The paved center median area contained construction equipment for the eight-mile widening of the highway in both directions between Steele Lane and the central Windsor exit. Guevara’s sons, ages 5, 9, and 11, escaped the van through a window and were injured but survived. They were taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Guevara was trapped in the van despite efforts to free her by motorists who stopped. The crash drew a large response in local media from both those who said the road in the construction zone is unsafe because of uneven pavement, unclear lane delineations, poor signage and short on-ramps, and those who said many drivers make the area a danger zone by ignoring the posted 55 mph limit.
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