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Stevenson Ranch woman offered deal in DUI-related fatal crash

Posted: June 9, 2014 2:56 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 2:56 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO — A Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August has been given 18 days to decide on a plea deal extended to her by prosecutors in April.

Suzette Lorine Crockett, 46, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Monday on a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Wearing a black jacket, black skirt and a floral patterned blouse, Crockett stood beside her lawyer as Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole told the judge about the proposed deal.

Crockett has until June 27 to decide whether to take the deal, details of which have not been disclosed.

“If there’s no settlement on that date, then we go to a preliminary hearing July 1,” said Superior Court Judge Michael O’Gara.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Aug. 11, motorcyclist Johnny Sanchez Jr., 58, of Lake View Terrace was injured in a traffic collision on The Old Road near Sagecrest Circle that involved a 1987 Toyota Matrix, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Sanchez died a week later in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

Crockett, who was identified by CHP as the driver of the Toyota, was arrested the night of the collision, Lutz said. She was re-arrested on Aug. 21, the night Sanchez died, and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Crockett was released from custody after posting bail, which had been set at $100,000.

“I asked for a decision on that day (June 27) because this (case) has been going on too long,” Cole said outside the courtroom.
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