A fatal DUI crash often leads to charges above and beyond a simple DUI. When injuries or fatalities result from a DUI accident, the charges often escalate quickly.
A woman from Panorama City stands accused of driving under the influence after two separate wrecks that occurred on Sunday.
20-year old Saidy Samayoa had been allegedly fleeing an earlier hit-and-run accident when she was involved in another crash. She now faces charges of murder along with 12 other separate charges.
The entire incident began with Samayoa driving a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner late Sunday morning and striking another vehicle at Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street. Samayoa then allegedly took off at a high rate of speed, continuing to travel along Sepulveda. She failed to stop at a traffic signal and struck a Toyota Sienna Minivan.
Multiple occupants of the van were ejected and the van rolled over once it was struck.
A 37-year old man lost his life as the result of the accident. Also injured were the man’s wife and four children. Two of the children, a girl who is 7 and a boy who is 10, became comatose and suffered paralysis as a result of the accident.
Samayoa and two passengers were injured in the accident as well. The complain also stated that a man was injured in the accident that Samayoa had been fleeing from.
Samayoa faces a litany of charges which include: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, eight counts of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, and hit-and-run causing injury. She faces many more charges as well.
It is unclear what drug she had taken.
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