Motorist survives collision with fuel tanker

| 8/20/2002

A 19-year-old woman allegedly driving 117 mph while intoxicated early Thursday near El Paso, TX, struck a fuel tanker, got caught under the tanker 's wheels and survived without a scratch, according to the El Paso Times.

Desiree Davila Mariscal reportedly was speeding on I-10 West at 2:30 a.m. when she lost control of her car and struck the center guardrail. The impact caused the car to spin back into traffic and into a 1993 Freightliner pulling a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel.

Truckdriver Lonnie Grant had just filled the tanker, the newspaper reported. He locked the brakes and tried to keep the truck in a straight line, dragging the car about 150 yards.

Worried about the possibility of an explosion, Grant reportedly ran to the car and found Mariscal and her passenger, David Nahmad Chowaiki, having a disagreement. The pair allegedly was arguing whether he was going to take the blame for the accident. Chowaiki wanted to tell police he was driving, but Mariscal refused.

"I told them I just wanted them to get out and step away because I was worried that a bad situation was about to turn devastating," Grant told news reporters.

No one reportedly was injured. Mariscal was charged with driving while intoxicated and booked into jail under a $1,000 bond.