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Woman Pleads Guilty in Accident that Killed Her Mother

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A woman has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in an accident that killed her mother.

Details about the DUI Accident

10 News is reporting that a San Diego woman who was driving drunk when her vehicle slammed into two parked cars and a dumpster in Clairemont, killing her mother, has pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The woman, 27-year-old Paulina Munoz, is expected to be given a sentence of six years in a state prison when she goes in front of a judge in mid-march, according to Deputy District Attorney Steven Schott.

At another hearing, another Deputy District Attorney, Cally Albright, told the judge that Munoz has been drinking for most of the evening on the night of September 25 with both her partner and her mother.

Munos then got behind the wheel of her car when, at about 2:20 a.m. the next morning on the 3500 block of Clairemont Drive, 50-year-old Maria Isabel Villarreal, was killed.

After the accident happened, Munoz told police that it was her mother that had been driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, police later determined that it was, in fact, Munoz that had been driving.

Over an hour and a half after the accident happened, the blood-alcohol level in Munoz was measured at more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Important Information about DUI in California

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • There were a total of 867 traffic fatalities in California that were related to drunk driving in 2013.
  • There are four counties in California that require ignition interlocks after being convicted for drunk driving – Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare, and Sacramento.
  • The number of traffic fatalities related to drunk driving in California in 2013 made up 28.9 percent of all traffic deaths.


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