REDDING - On December 8, 2017, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents and Redding police officers arrested Kendra Andersen-Schwegerl, 25, of Kelseyville on two counts of second degree murder. The murder charges follow a deadly vehicle crash in Redding on November 3, 2017 in which Andersen-Schwegerl is suspected of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .254 (more than 3 times the legal limit).
Andersen-Schwegerl allegedly struck another vehicle, killing two of its occupants, Erica Young, 19, and Wa-Rec Lacy Mae Jackson, 18, both of Shasta County, and injuring a third person.
Following the initial investigation, an additional investigation into the collision was conducted by the Redding Police Department, CHP and California ABC. The additional investigation led to a warrant for Andersen-Schwegerl and second-degree murder charges.
The two victims killed were both in their first year of college at Shasta College. The injured victim is identified as Clifford Bailey, who suffered a broken jaw.
“Two lives came to a screeching halt and many other lives have been impacted due to the alleged and senseless act of drinking and driving,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, not with all the transportation options out there. I thank the ABC agents and other law enforcement officers who investigate these deadly DUI crashes, the district attorneys who file charges and prosecute, and my thoughts are with the families who are suffering the loss of loved ones.”
Andersen-Schwegerl was scheduled to be arraigned on December 11, 2017.