Tiffany L. Isaza, 30, is charged with one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication and two counts of child neglect after officials reportedly found her two small children unattended inside her apartment after the crash which killed Dustin N. Ledford, 24.
Deputies have visited the site of the fatal crash several times during the investigation, collecting evidence through the use of the TotalStation which documents the scene to aid investigators in determining how the events unfolded as the two cars collided.
On July 10, BCSO and Cleveland police responded to the by-pass after reports of a crash.
Ledford died a short time later at a local hospital. Isaza was treated at Erlanger Medical Center.
“The investigation revealed Isaza was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus and was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes of APD 40 when she collided head-on with a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by Ledford,” according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the sheriff’s office.
“Shortly after the accident deputies responded to Isaza’s residence to contact relatives that she had been involved in a serious accident and was at Erlanger Medical Center receiving treatment for her injuries,” Gault noted.
Once at Isaza’s residence, officials found the door unsecured and two children asleep inside, according to reports.
No adults were present at the residence at the time of the discovery, according to Gault.
According to laboratory reports regarding Isaza’s blood-alcohol content, results reportedly showed Isaza registered a .24, three times the legal limit which is .08.
Gault also said alleged methamphetamine was found in Isaza’s system.
Lt. W.G. Campbell, supervisor of the BCSO Traffic Unit, said driving impaired is taken very seriously and drivers can expect to be held accountable for their actions.
Five people were killed on roadways in Bradley County during the month of June alone, and during a 35-day period, Ledford as well as two others died as the result of crashes occurring on APD 40.
Sheriff Jim Ruth pointed out there have been 17 traffic deaths this year in Bradley County.
“He said contributing factors include driving while intoxicated, a lack of alertness or distracted driving, and speeding. Ruth said with the holidays approaching we all need to exercise caution to keep our travels safe,” according to Gault.
Isaza was arrested Friday with a bond of $75,000.
Isaza has not posted bond and remains incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail.