Drunk Driver Slams Into Deputy's Car, Flipping It On Top of 2 People

Natalie Saldana slammed into a Bexar County deputy's car at 90 mph, causing it to flip and land on top of two people.

San Antonio, TX – A 30-year-old woman is facing manslaughter charges after she allegedly drove drunk on Sunday and hit a deputy’s patrol unit, causing it to flip over and land on top of two innocent victims on their way to visit family for the holidays.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 at Interstate 10 and Boerne Stage Road near Leon Springs after a family was involved in a car accident on the highway, KENS reported.

The Arizona family was traveling through Texas on their way to visit family in Florida, KSAT reported.

They called 911 to report the wreck and their disabled vehicle, and a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene to help the stranded family.

The deputy parked his patrol vehicle about 75 feet away from their sedan and then let the family’s daughter sit in his patrol vehicle to keep her warm while they waited for the traffic to clear and a tow truck to finish loading the other vehicle involved in the accident, WOAI reported.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that was about the time that 30-year-old Natalie Saldana was barreling toward them at 90 mph.

Investigators believe that Saldana was coming home from a night at a bar where she had been drinking “hard liquor” when she lost control of her vehicle, WOAI reported.

Saldana hit the deputy’s cruiser so hard that it flipped over and fell on the couple who had been in the car and crushed them.

A 36-year-old man in critical condition was transported by helicopter to University Hospital, KENS reported.

The child and her mother were transported to the same hospital facility by ambulance.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy received only minor injuries in the crash, KENS reported.

“They were injured, but not nearly to the extent that they could have been,” Sheriff Salazar said.

Saldana was also transported to the hospital and initially faced multiple drunk-driving charges, including intoxication assault.

Her bond for when she was released from the hospital was originally set at $75,000, KENS reported.

“Her legal troubles have only just begun at this point,” Sheriff Salazar told KSAT.

The 36-year-old victim of the wreck later died at the hospital, WOAI reported.

Saldana’s charges were upgraded after he expired and she was charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The sheriff would not release Saldana’s blood alcohol content and said the woman did not have any criminal history, KSAT reported.

“Just one night of indiscretion, one bad decision to get behind the wheel,” Sheriff Salazar said. “She’s affected a lot of people’s lives much worse. It was due to one silly decision on her part."

Comments (58)
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Stanracer
Stanracer

Double secret probation?

JBoH
JBoH

I've seen many more people killed by drunk drivers than drunk drivers being killed in their own wrecks. Unfortunate.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The language the sheriff is using sounds like she's gonna get off with a light sentence. "indiscretion", "bad decision","silly decision"

Anomie88
Anomie88

Does anyone really think this was the first time she was DUI? "Just one night of indiscretion." Really sheriff? Not likely.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Don't drink and drive

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Drunk or drugged driving is just as dangerous as "Drunk or Drugged with a gun. The law has never been serious enough about this problem.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Prayers for the family devastated by this woman and her driving.

garciajbg1
garciajbg1

Yes she drove drunk!!! But who let her drive after drinking that much Alcohol. The law or the government know that when you drink you loose your mind and don't know what you are doing. You can be fine one minute and walk outside and bam!!! It huts you. The alcohol goes to your head and now you are lost!!!. I know it's not right for the victims but someone else is at fault to.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Prayers to the family! 🙏

And please throw the book at this stupid biatch!!!

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

just think if she was a cop then there would be no charges or just another case of "we investigated ourselves and found that we did nothing wrong" .

i suspect she will get 2-4yr and kicked out the door.

Kevcali
Kevcali

The sheriff calls that "all due to one silly decision"? WTF is so silly about it?

Patriot63
Patriot63

After the supposed toughening the penalties on DUI offenders I met a guy who at that time had 5 arrests for DUI and still had his license and never spent a minute in jail. I had to retake the written test to get my license renewed because I was 30 days late. While I was doing that a guy staggered into the DMV to get a renewed license that was revoked only 2 weeks prior for a DUI. He presented a letter from a Judge to reissue his license. She then called to verify and she later told me that the Judge reamed her out for questioning his letter. She stated to him that he was there totally intoxicated and his response was I didn't care issue it know. His license got reissued and no test given as stipulated in the letter.

reibertpa
reibertpa

If you are leave your home, and plan to drink, knowing you are going to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, after drinking, you should be held fully accountable for what happens while you're behind the wheel. You planned to drink and drive, knowing the possible outcome is wrecking your vehicle, and possibly injuring or killing someone. If someone dies, it's murder. It's so sickening to hear of cases like this, and then find that the driver has been arrested before for drinking and driving. Laws need to be changed. If you're caught,lock them up and put a breathalyzer in their car so hopefully, it doesn't happen again.