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Stevenson Ranch Woman Arraigned On Vehicular Manslaughter Charge

Stevenson Ranch woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while allegedly driving under the influence, is being arraigned Thursday at Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando.

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Crockett turned herself in and was arrested Wednesday, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

“He died (Wednesday)” said Officer John Lutz of the California Highway Patrol. “The new charge has to do with him passing away. That’s been filed and she’s been re-arrested.”

Suzette L. Crockett, 46, of Stevenson Ranch, was booked on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

At approximately 8:55 p.m., she was driving a 2007 Matrix north on The Old Road, near Sagecrest Circle, approaching a green light in the left-turn area, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Johnny Sanchez, 58, of Lake View Terrace, was driving southbound in a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle on The Old Road, where Crockett allegedly failed to yield to Sanchez, according to a CHP collision report.

“She made a left-hand turn directly in front of the motorcycle, and the motorcycle  broadsided her,” said Officer Glauser, who investigated the crash.

CHP officers and Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.

Sanchez was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Monday morning, where he was treated for major injuries, according to Glauser said.

Crockett sustained minor injuries in the crash. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Crockett was issued a field sobriety test and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, transported and booked as charged at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

This investigation is ongoing, Glauser said.

Court officials did not yet have a plea on file for the arraignment, but that is expected this afternoon.

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Stevenson Ranch Woman Arraigned On Vehicular Manslaughter Charge

Article: Stevenson Ranch Woman Arraigned On Vehicular Manslaughter Charge
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith