Grand Jury Indicts DUI Suspect who Killed Cop

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Driving under the influence, commonly called DUI, can have serious consequences. These repercussions can affect not only yourself, but can also affect others. Especially if there is a collision involved. One California woman is learning just that after being indicted.

A woman from Pacoima struck a police officer’s motorcycle from behind while he was stopped at a traffic signal last year. The officer, Christopher Cortijo, sadly died of his injuries four days following the accident. The incident occurred at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street in Sun Valley in April of 2014.

Qaneak Shaney Cobb, who is 35, pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment that took place earlier last week. The charges were murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and possession of a controlled substance. She had been charged last year and had been awaiting a hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to allow her to stand trial. With the grand jury indictment, that case is expected to be dismissed.

The officer was a retired Marine and had been twice named officer of the year. He was said to have been involved in the arrests of more than 3,000 alleged drunken drivers in the San Fernando Valley. The accident left the officer trapped between Cobb’s Chevrolet Blazer and the Honda Accord that was in front of him. The intersection where the accident occurred is being named the “Officer Chris Cortijo Memorial Square” in honor of the fallen officer.

If you or someone you love has been accused of DUI, it is important to get legal representation to protect your interests. An experienced DUI attorney can help get the best outcome for your particular situation. Contact our office today for a consultation.


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