BRENTWOOD -- Like most mornings, Judy Jensen kissed and hugged her husband Wednesday before her hourlong walk -- but this time she came back inside for one more embrace, a friend said Thursday.
"She never did that before," said Deb Bjornson, a friend. "Maybe she had a premonition."
A suspected drunken driver who was taking his 9-year-old daughter to school in a former U-Haul truck struck and killed the 74-year-old Jensen on Wednesday morning, police said. Jensen was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Grant Street and O'Hara Avenue, where friends say she would normally meet her husband, Elwood. He was there Wednesday.
"Just the fact he had to witness that is beyond comprehension," said Bjornson, a Las Vegas resident who lives part time in Brentwood and often walks with Jensen. "She was just loving and doting."
The driver of the car was identified Thursday as 48-year-old Michael Allen Danna, of Oakley. He was booked into County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, driving under the influence resulting in an injury and several drug-related charges, according to police.
Officers searching the 1990 Ford F-350 found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Sgt. Bryan Smith said, and officers determined Danna to be under the influence of a controlled substance, Smith said.
He was being held in lieu of $285,000 bail. Danna has a clean driving record, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
"I feel for this family," Danna's partner, Mary Cleaver, said through tears. "I know that they are hurting."
Cleaver and Danna have been together for 13 years and¿ are the parents of the 9-year-old girl who was in the truck at the time of the crash. She suffered a minor abrasion, police said; Danna was not hurt.
He works as a handyman, pays the bills for Cleaver's large family, and drives his daughter to school every day, Cleaver said.
"I know he's got to be hurting a lot about this," Cleaver said. "He's never hurt anybody."