Evans man charged with DUI in traffic death

San Miguel

An Evans man was arrested Thursday after test results showed he was intoxicated while driving at the time of a March 2 wreck that killed his passenger.

Chris­topher Jo­seph San Mi­guel, 27, surrendered Thursday and was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Alaina Kensinger, 28, of Martinez, died as a result of injuries she suffered in the wreck on Interstate 20 near the weigh station.

Test results received Wednes­day from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed that San Miguel’s blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash was 0.165, more than double the legal limit, Morris said.

San Miguel was driving east on I-20 about 4:30 a.m. when he is believed to have fallen asleep. The vehicle drifted off the right side of the road, turned sideways and hit a guardrail before hitting a metal sign pole. Witnesses told deputies that San Miguels’ vehicle was traveling at high speed. He and Ken­singer were wearing seat belts.

Kensinger died a few hours later at Georgia Regents Medical Center.

San Miguel was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $13,400 bond, according to jail records.

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