The driver who allegedly killed a Ventura teen in a crash on Highway 101 has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The VC Star reports.
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The CHP stated that the accused man was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra and went off the right shoulder down an embankment. Two unbelted teen girls in the car were thrown out as the car rolled down the hill. One of the teens died, and another was taken to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple felony charges, including DUI, against the driver. They also filed a misdemeanor charge for unlicensed driving. The accused driver has pleaded not guilty to all charges and special enhancements.
The prosecution also asked for the man’s bail to be increased from $85,000 to $500,000, but the judge denied the request citing new Supreme Court rulings regarding bail.
The man’s lawyer says that her client admitted to a “critical lapse in judgment” and showed contrition over the situation. The slain girl’s family was also in court to ask the judge to keep the man in jail until his trial. They believe he is a flight risk.
“I cremated my own daughter,” said the victim’s mother. “I’m so sad and destroyed. There’s nothing you could ever say to me to make it better. I can’t even stay in the city anymore. Everything reminds me of her and this is devastating.”
We wish to extend our condolences to the family and hope that this matter can be solved in a way that achieves justice.