Nipomo woman charged with giving alcohol to 20-year-old killed in car crash

The county District Attorney’s Office has filed two misdemeanor charges against a 22-year-old Nipomo woman after an investigation found she had given alcohol to an underage woman who later died in a car crash.

Miriam Ceja is accused of furnishing alcohol to 20-year-old Alicia Renee Carreras on March 11. The Arroyo Grande woman died in a car accident on the Nipomo Mesa after she apparently veered off the west edge of the road and hit a large tree about 3 a.m., according to CHP officials.

The CHP later said Carreras was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Toxicology reports also determined the presence of marijuana in her system.

The department of Alcohol Beverage Control opened an investigation after the CHP’s initial investigation, which led to the district attorney’s charges.

John Carr of the ABC said the women were acquaintances and alcohol was given to Carreras at a location prior to the crash.

Penalties for furnishing alcohol to an underage person can include a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 to 32 hours of community service, Carr said. He said that jail time also could be added when great bodily injury or death occurs after someone gives an underage person alcohol, but that would be at the discretion of court officials.