Police say Angela Chow, McConnell’s sister-in-law, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit in a fatal crash.

Police say Angela Chow, McConnell’s sister-in-law, had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit in a fatal crash.

Angela Chao, a shipping industry CEO and sister-in-law of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, was drunk when she drove her car into a pond and died last month in Texas, according to a law enforcement report released Wednesday.

An investigation by the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office concluded that Chow’s death was an “unfortunate accident” and that her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the state’s legal limit.

Chow, 50, died on the night of February 10 after eating dinner with a large group at a farm near Johnson City, west of Austin. The report describes a frantic scene when friends and deputies tried to pull Chow from her Tesla after she backed it into a pond near a guest lodge on the property.

A friend named Amber Keenan told investigators that Chow called her at 11:42 p.m. and said the car was in water and she was trapped inside. The conversation continued for 8 minutes as the car slowly sank.

“Zhao told Keenan that the waters were rising and that she was going to die, and she said, ‘I love you,’” the report says. “Zhao then said her goodbyes to Keenan.”

Angela Chow.The first group is via AP

The friends swam to the car while another paddled a kayak, according to the report. Another person called 911 at 11:55 p.m. and remained on the phone for 11 minutes.

When law enforcement and firefighters arrived, they got into the water and attempted to enter the Tesla, the report said. They smashed the window on the driver’s side, and a deputy felt around until he located Chow’s hand.

Emergency crews extracted her from the car and brought her to shore, where she was pronounced dead at 1:40 a.m. on February 11.

A toxicology test determined Chow’s blood alcohol concentration level was 0.233 grams per 100 milliliters, which is above the legal limit in Texas of 0.08, the report said.

Chow was chairman and CEO of her family’s shipping company, Foremost Group, and president of her father’s charitable organization, the Foremost Foundation. She lived in Austin, about 50 miles east of Blanco County.

Chow was the youngest of six sisters of immigrant parents who moved to the United States from China in the late 1950s. Her older sister, Elaine Chao, is married to McConnell and served as transportation secretary under President Donald Trump and labor secretary under President George W. Bush.

“Angela’s name in Chinese sounds like the characters for peace and prosperity,” her father, James S.C. Chow, said in a family statement shortly after her death. He added: “Her absence leaves a void not only in our hearts, but in the Asian American community.”

Her father was appointed Chairman of Foremost Group after her death. Michael Lee, former president, became president.

Chow is survived by her husband, father, and four sisters.

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