Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tragic California DUI death of 19 year old

California Drunk Driving / DUI hearing

11/20/2007

PLEASANTON California

California DUI / drunk driving Police officers and nearly 20 family members of 19-year-old Laurel Williams packed an Alameda County Superior Court room Tuesday to show support for Williams, who died in an Oct. 20 alcohol-related car crash.

Supporters of Williams turned out in force at a scheduled hearing for the driver alleged to have been California DUI / drunk driving - under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred.

The California DUI / drunk driving criminal defense attorney for Katie Amanda McKewon, the Pleasanton woman charged in the wreck, was granted a continuance to Jan. 9, 2008, when a California DUI / drunk driving plea is expected. McKewon's attorney asked the California DUI / drunk driving judge to continue the hearing to Jan. 9, at which time a plea is expected in the case.

"There's going to be extensive investigative (evidence requests made) in this matter," said Kirk Elliott of San Jose.

McKewon, 19, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and four counts of California DUI / drunk driving - DUI causing injury, after the Oct. 20 accident on Foothill Road. At about 10 a.m. that day, McKewon was driving -- with Williams as her passenger -- after leaving an all-night party where alcohol was served, police said. The defendant lost control of her car and struck an on-coming vehicle head-on. Williams was killed.

The driver of the other vehicle, 70-year-old Nancy Bressem, was seriously injured.

Police measured McKewon's blood-alcohol level at 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit for drivers 21 and older, according to California DUI / drunk driving police reports. It is illegal for a anyone younger than 21 to have any measurable alcohol in their system.

A Brentwood man was arrested last week on suspicion of supplying the alcohol at that party.

McKewon appeared in California DUI / drunk driving court Tuesday but did not say anything to the judge. Her California DUI / drunk driving bail remained set at $250,000. Her California DUI criminal defense lawyer will likely ask bail to be reduced.