February 25, 2024
A California Freeway Patrol cruiser. Photograph by Chris Stone

A girl who drove underneath the affect and crashed her automotive off Interstate 15 in Bonsall, killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her two toddlers, pleaded responsible Wednesday to a number of felony counts and was instantly sentenced to 18 years in state jail.

Kapri Raven Coleman, 29, was initially charged with homicide in reference to the July 14, 2021, crash.

Coleman’s 2009 Hyundai Genesis veered off the freeway shortly earlier than 2:30 a.m. that day, ejecting two of her daughters, ages 5 and three. The older lady died on the scene.

Paramedics airlifted the surviving lady and her 1-year-old brother to Rady Kids’s Hospital, the place they had been admitted in important situation, in keeping with the California Freeway Patrol. Coleman was additionally hospitalized, then booked into county jail the next day.

Prosecutors alleged her blood-alcohol-content was round .16% after the crash — twice the authorized driving restrict in California — and he or she examined constructive for different medication in her system.

She pleaded responsible Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated, DUI, and little one endangerment counts.

Coleman additionally beforehand pleaded responsible final yr, however was granted a movement to withdraw that plea just a few months later. At the moment, she had additionally agreed to a stipulated 18-year jail time period.

–Metropolis Information Service