Sonora, California - Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke and CHP Sonora Lieutenant Commander Destiny Tafoya announced today that Theodore Young was arrested for the murder of Rebekah Gall, who died from the injuries she sustained from the January 18, 2022 driving under the influence crash on State Route 108 near Chicken Ranch Road.
Young was arrested and bailed on charges of driving under the influence causing injury related to the crash on Tuesday. He was taken into custody by CHP officers after they sought and received a Ramey warrant for his arrest. Seeking a Ramey warrant allowed the CHP to take Young into custody without having to wait for formal charges to be filed by the District Attorney's Office on Monday. The District Attorney's Office supported CHP seeking a Ramey arrest warrant to have Young arrested for murder.
The District Attorney's Office and CHP have been working closely together since Tuesday to assess the facts of this case. On Monday, January 24, 2022, a complaint will be filed by the District Attorney's Office charging Young with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing brain injury, and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher causing brain injury with a prior driving under the influence conviction.
Our thoughts are with Rebekah's family and our community as we all mourn another senseless tragedy caused by drunk driving.
CHP Sonora and Tuolumne County District Attorney encourage any witnesses with information regarding this case to contact Sonora CHP Investigating Officer Elliott Lopez at (209) 984-3944.