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Wrong way driver jailed on 2 counts of murder

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POSTED July 13, 2010 2:29 a.m.
A wrong-way freeway driver was jailed on two counts of murder Monday when she was released from San Joaquin County Hospital 11 days after the July 1 crash.

CHP officers took Tiffany Holmes, 35, of Stockton, into custody as she was leaving the French Camp hospital.  She was reportedly unaware that anyone had died as a result of the head-on crash that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when she was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of Yosemite Avenue.

A 21-year-old Stockton couple and their 3-year-old daughter received major injuries in the crash, the CHP reported.  David Gomez, 21, riding in the front passenger seat, died in a Modesto hospital the next day.

The driver of the northbound vehicle, Adriana Martinez, 21, died days later at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton. Their 3-year-old daughter had been kept in the U.C. Davis Medical Center’s intensive care unit until this week.  Officers said she is in stable condition and is expected to recover from her near death experience.  She had been flown there by helicopter that had landed on the freeway at the scene of the crash.

Holmes is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail.  CHP officers said she was driving under the influence and with a license that had been suspended because of a recent DUI conviction.  

She had also sustained major injuries in the crash including two broken legs, officers said.

A trust fund has been set up at the Bank of Stockton in the name of David Gomez.

Holmes is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on July 14 at 1:30 p.m.   
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