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An alleged drunk driver denies blame for a fatal Riverside crash

A 34-year-old Riverside woman was arrested after having been suspected of driving drunk when she allegedly caused a fatal chain-reaction crash on June 3. On Monday, Sept. 25, though, she entered a not guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI) charges that had been waged against her.

The crash report in the case outlines how witnesses had reportedly seen the defendant fast approaching the intersection of Fifth and H streets shortly before the crash. The light was reportedly red at the time.

Waiting at the same intersection in front of her were two vehicles. One of them was a inmate transport van being operated by an officer from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. There were six inmates on board. Behind that van was the car of a 26-year-old San Bernardino woman.

According to witness statements taken at the scene of the crash, the defendant made no attempt to stop her truck to avoid hitting the woman stopped in front of her. The San Bernardino woman's car was pushed into the rear of the transport van as a result. It's believed that she was killed in an instant.

Both the inmates and the defendant suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Soon after the police arrived on the scene and questioned the woman, they decided to arrest her on suspicion of drunk driving. She was booked into the county jail, then let out on a $350,000 bail the following day.

Her next hearing in the case is on Nov. 16.

If you've lost a loved one in a DUI-related crash, then a San Bernardino car accident attorney can advise of your right to recover funeral costs, lost of consortium and other damages.

Source: The San Bernardino Sun, "Riverside DUI suspect denies charges in fatal San Bernardino crash," Michael Watanabe, accessed Oct. 20, 2017

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