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Alleged Drunk Driver Faces Murder Charges After Taco Truck Crash

Authorities recently charged a 37-year-old woman with murder for causing a severe pedestrian accident that resulted in the wrongful death of two pedestrians.

The Upland woman was allegedly drunk when she led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase, ran a red light, and slammed into a Boyle Heights taco truck. The woman hit several individuals and killed two women.

The incident started when the woman was seen swerving on eastbound 10 freeway around 11 p.m. on Sunday. CHP officers tried to pull the woman over but she exited the highway while leading the officers on a high-speed chase. The woman exited the highway on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and then hit a dip, causing her car to go airborne before it hit the crowd around the taco truck.

A 38-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman were killed instantly in this pedestrian accident. Two other individuals were treated for minor injuries.

The suspected drunk driver is being held in lieu of $2 million bail for two counts of murder, evading an officer, DUI causing injury, and drunk driving. The woman will also likely face serious wrongful death and personal injury litigation from the food truck customers impacted by this incident.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Suspected drunk driver who hit taco truck is charged with murder," June 19, 2012

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