The drivers in two fatal crashes last month were both legally drunk when they lost control of their speeding vehicles, killing their passengers, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday. . .
A Los Angeles County Coroner’s report indicated that Andrew Aiachi, 24, also had the psychoactive substance found in marijuana in his blood when he and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Dara Folsom, died in a Sept. 22 head-on collision on Sierra Highway. A Palmdale man in a second car was airlifted to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.
From an earlier crash, blood samples taken from Robert Leinbach III, 20, showed that his blood-alcohol content was about twice the legal .08 percent limit, said county coroner’s spokesman David Campbell. Leinbach and Christopher Singer, 19, were killed when Leinbach crashed his car into a tree on Sand Canyon Road on Sept. 1.
Aiachi’s blood-alcohol content was about .1 percent, while Leinbach’s was between .14 and .19 percent, Campbell said. The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, the hallucinogenic chemical in marijuana, in Aiachi’s blood was not released — trace amounts can be present in blood and tissue for weeks after exposure to the drug.
The results of the toxicology tests added a point of similarity to the fatal crashes.
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