New Mother Rayleen White Killed after DUI Driver Sidney Kelley Crashes into Tree
CHOWCHILLA, CA (May 10, 2019) – A teenage mother has died and a 20-year-old woman faces vehicular manslaughter charges after a crash Wednesday night.
Rayleen White, 17, was a passenger in a car driven by Sidney Kelley of Oakland. Kelley is in the hospital with serious injuries but was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony evading causing a fatal injury, felony DUI and driving unlicensed.
California Highway Patrol officers said Wednesday night around 9:00 p.m. officers observed a car going 25 miles per hour on State Road 99. They suspected the driver, Kelley, was under the influence of drugs.
Officers tried to pull the car over, but instead Kelley took off, exiting on Robertson Boulevard. After that, Kelley crashed into a car at the intersection and lead officers on a chase through Chowchilla. Officers said at one point, they hit 105 miles per hour and crashed into a palm tree on Highway 233 near Avenue 23 1/2.
White was thrown into the back seat, suffered major injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene before the ambulance arrived.
CHP officers said both young women were not wearing their seatbelts.
White had just given birth to her son Xavier seven weeks ago. Rayleen’s mother, Kathy, said she plans to adopt her grandson Xavier.
To the family and friends of Rayleen White, we hope you find courage and support around you. Our law firm sends our sympathies.
The Sweet Lawyers are committed to your case and helping you overcome this heavy time. Losing a loved one due to a drunk driver is unfair. While you rest and recover, we’ll work on your case and win you a maximum settlement to cover any costs. Our goal is to represent you in the best light possible. It’s not too late to hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions. Call our attorneys at (800) 674 7852.