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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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timothymyers02: Posted: June 9, 2014 3:43 p.m.

OMG the fashion report again!

src: Posted: June 9, 2014 4:22 p.m.

Hopefully the plea is for no less than 10 years for her to sit and think about her negligent, selfish, careless actions, full restitution plus damages to the family, a big permanent F on her record.

bobforte: Posted: June 9, 2014 6:50 p.m.

I specifically read this article just to see if JH would say what she was wearing. Either he does it seriously, or he is just messing with us. Either way, The Signal really needs to monitor this.

Rocketeer: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:23 p.m.

The problem is that Jim Holt apparently went to actual journalism school and learned to report/write stories the old fashioned way:

Seriously, read the article for which I provided a link. You may think you're mocking substandard writing but all you're really doing is making yourselves look ignorant.

Rocketeer: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:28 p.m.

"A Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car..."

What a neutral-sounding euphemism for the awful truth that this woman willfully got drunk, got behind the wheel of a car, and murdered an innocent person. I've never understood why we as a society deem it more acceptable to murder someone with a car than a gun or a knife.

At the very VERY least her punishment should include loss of driving privileges for life. But that won't happen.

DMeyer: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:54 p.m.

Another tragedy caused by a drunk driver, as a society we are ok with it. And that in itself is another tragedy.

17trillion: Posted: June 10, 2014 7:28 a.m.

What the hell are you talking about DM? This lady is going to prison. It costs well over 10k to get a DUI. The restrictions and costs are onerous to say the least and you claim society is ok with it? What do you want, death? Death to the driver and their family?

Unreal: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:18 a.m.

17trillion: I bet DMeyer says death would be what they deserve.

I don't know if this woman had a history of DUI or not but I do know that it is a tragedy for everyone involved. A man is dead and his family wil mourn his loss. A mother will be taken from her family and they will suffer. She will suffer. All for one stupid act. A lesson I make sure that my kids hear about.

DMeyer: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:41 a.m.

I say mandatory 10 year prison sentence for any DUI that results in the death or serious injury to another party, no plea bargains. Intent is established by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. Simple as that. Second offense gets mandatory 25 years.

That would be my solution, what is yours 17 ? Unreal?

17trillion: Posted: June 10, 2014 9:58 a.m.

I'm ok with those penalties. I don't pretend to have all the answers but I do know that, despite your claim, society is NOT ok with drunk driving. The only problem with your suggestion is that rapists and pedophiles and people that commit 1st degree murder get less than 25 years.

DMeyer: Posted: June 10, 2014 12:31 p.m.

The "society is ok with it" was a satirical comment. We don't demand stuff penalties for DUI related deaths, instead we just plea bargain them down just to get a conviction. As a whole we could do a whole lot better, we'd all be safer if we did. There should be absolutely no reason to allow someone to operate a 4 thousand pound fuel injected piece of machinery on the open road. Stop letting them off with a slap on the wrist, that doesn't work.

As for rapists and pedophiles....Unreal should've known that's where I say death to them all.

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