DUI Motorist to Face Manslaughter Charges After Fatal Napa County Crash

According to a story on the Mercury News website, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office announced it would file charges against a woman in connection to a crash that left one person dead and four others injured.

Court documents indicate that on July 23, 20-year-old Susan Burnham Jevarian was allegedly driving her 1988 Cadillac in the wrong lane of Highway 29 when her vehicle collided with three other oncoming cars.  

A 21-year-old woman, a passenger in Jevarian’s vehicle, was rushed to Providence Queen of the Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries. She died at the hospital on July 27. Four others suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical. 

Jevarian was arrested at the scene. A blood test taken at the hospital a short time after the fatal crash indicated that Jevarian had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent at the time of the accident – almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Jevarian was released on a $100,000 bond shortly after her arrest. After the victim died of her injuries, the DA’s office reviewed the case and issued a warrant for Jevarian’s re-arrest on a $1,000,000 bond. Instead, a Napa County Judge ordered Jevarian to be held on a $500,000 bond.  

Despite strong objections by the DA, Jevarian was finally released on $10,000 under supervisory conditions. 

Jevarian faces felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter, causing injury while under the influence of alcohol, and battery upon a doctor or nurse. The District Attorney’s Office has also filed for charging enhancements due to Jevarian’s high level of intoxication and for injuring several people.

Jevarian is scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges on September 20.

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