Henry Eduardo Saldana-Mejia, 27, and Gabriela M. Andrade, 28, killed, and Grace Elizabeth Coleman, 22, arrested in crash at Pelican Hill Road and Newport Coast Drive in Newport Beach, California
A man and woman in the Nissan were both pronounced dead on arrival, according to the department. Three juveniles were also in the vehicle, but there was no information on their conditions.
Grace Elizabeth Coleman of Newport Beach, who has a prior conviction for driving under the influence, was booked on suspicion of murder, DUI causing bodily injury and hit-and-run resulting in death, according to Heather Rangel, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department.
Police have alleged that Coleman tried to flee the scene on foot but was quickly located by officers. The complaint alleges that Coleman had a blood-alcohol content of .20, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
An Orange County Superior Court judge Tuesday denied bail for a 22-year-old woman accused of driving drunk and causing a Newport Beach crash that killed a Santa Ana couple and left their three young daughters hospitalized.
The plea was in response to an offer by Judge Gregg L. Prickett and means Coleman faces up to 21 years to life in prison. She is expected to be sentenced July 19 and had she been convicted could have faced a longer prison term.
Grace Elizabeth Coleman was sentenced to 21 years to life, with no probation, as part of a plea deal that avoided the possibility of a stiffer sentence potentially ranging from 42 years to life in prison if convicted at trial.