Woman faces reduced drug charges in connection with fatal crash

It can be a harrowing experience to be told that one may face penalties for allegedly taking part in a crime. One woman in California was recently charged with felonies after reportedly using drugs and getting into a car accident that led to the deaths of multiple people. However, the 52-year-old woman is now facing new drug charges with lighter penalties.

The incident revolves around an accident that occurred in April. Three individuals ended up dying in the crash, which took place in the area of Highway 101. Two of the victims were 17, while the third victim was 20, police said. Their vehicle rolled over when the driver fell asleep at the wheel; the car was then hit by the 52-year-old woman, according to police. The woman originally faced two felonies in connection with the wreck, including causing injuries and engaging in gross vehicular manslaughter during intoxication.

Now, her new charges include felony drug possession and using a drug, a misdemeanor. She also faces charges of possessing an instrument used to inject or smoke a drug as well as driving under the influence of a drug and alcohol. Both of these are misdemeanor charges.

The woman may be relieved that her drug charges have been reduced. However, she can still face life-changing penalties if her new felony and misdemeanor drug charges result in convictions. The woman reserves the right to take full advantage of the state's legal protections seek an outcome that is most favorable for her, considering her case's circumstances in California. 

Source: keyt.com, "Charges Reduced in Triple Fatal Accident", , Sept. 11, 2014

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