A woman on an all-night drinking bender slammed her car into a homeless man - then drove for more than a kilometre with his battered corpse stuck in her windscreen, according to reports.
Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, also known as Stacy Sanchez, had been out boozing at several bars in Oceanside, California, until the early morning hours on Monday when she got into her Pontiac sedan and started driving home, The Washington Post reported.
When Sanchez reached Mission Avenue, she accelerated and barrelled into the victim, a neighbourhood transient who was either walking to or from a local soup kitchen, KGTV reported.
It was unclear If the victim was in the street or on the footpath at the time of the collision.
The impact tore off one of the man's legs, which catapulted through a back window, landing on the boot of the vehicle. The rest of the man's body flipped onto the windscreen, shattering the glass and leaving him "impaled into the vehicle" with the top of his head lying on the passenger seat. Sanchez kept driving with the corpse lodged in her windshield, according to reports.
She even drove up onto the footpath and crashed through some landscaping before she stopped in a cul-de-sac, jumped out and alerted someone in a nearby home.
Sanchez then allegedly went home and told her husband, who called the Oceanside Police Department.
Edwin Esparza claimed to have witnessed the crash while changing the oil in his car. "There's no words to really describe it. I mean, just seeing that up close and personal, it's kind of traumatising in a way," Esparza told NBC San Diego.
Investigators arrested Sanchez after she confessed to driving while intoxicated. Sanchez was charged with felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. The victim, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.