Transients allegedly killed by drunk driver downtown

By Aaron Blevins, 11/01/2012


A 19-year-old Los Angeles woman who allegedly was driving a vehicle that struck and killed a man and a woman as they slept on a sidewalk in downtown on Oct. 27 has been charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Carmen Chavez was allegedly driving a 1989 Mercedes Benz when she jumped the curb, struck a wall and ran over Randall Milton and Teryl Sageser, both 51, who were lying on a sidewalk near the corner of Fourth and Crocker streets. The incident occurred shortly after midnight.

The complaint charges Chavez with vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, and alleges that the deaths of Milton and Sageser occurred while Chavez was driving under the influence of alcohol and under the legal drinking age of 21.

Chavez allegedly does not possess a driver’s license. She faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors have asked that bail be set at $100,000.



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