A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a collision that killed an elderly woman from New York. The incident occurred in California more than a year before the woman was arrested on Jan. 23, according to official reports. She is facing a variety of vehicular assault charges, including felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. It is not clear why the arrest was so long in coming. She is also facing a civil suit in connection with the crash. The woman posted her $35,000 bail and will appear in court on March 20 for formal arraignment.
Officials allege that the woman was traveling about 20 mph over the speed limit on Dec. 29, 2012, when she lost control of her vehicle, perhaps because of rainy conditions that night. She crossed over a raised median and traveled into oncoming traffic. The woman’s vehicle was at a stop when it was struck by the victim’s car, which was driven by her son-in-law. The woman was riding in the back seat, and she was killed almost instantly.
Further, two other victims, the driver and his wife, suffered injuries in the collision. They suffered wounds to their chests, along with various other bruises and injuries.
The driver in this case unfortunately has a history of traffic violations, including driving without a license and failing to provide proof of insurance. Two unresolved traffic tickets also remain on her record, though news reports do not indicate that she has been in trouble for vehicular deaths in the past.
All vehicular homicide defendants deserve a fair and unbiased legal proceeding. New York drivers who have been arrested for a fatal DWI accident, vehicular manslaughter or an associated crime may benefit from consulting a qualified attorney. These professionals may be able to protect defendants’ rights as they go through various criminal proceedings.
Source: The Press-Enterprise, “RIVERSIDE: Woman charged with felony in fatal 2012 collision” Brian Rokos, Jan. 28, 2014