FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17WF1095

Date May 25, 2017

WOMAN ARRAIGNED FOR KILLING PEDESTRIAN WHILE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS WITH KIDS IN THE CAR

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman was arraigned today for killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence of prescription medications with children in the backseat.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Anna Marie Mcpherson, 45, Irvine

Charged on May 17, 2017, with the following felony counts:

  • Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated
  • (2) Child abuse and endangerment

 

12 years and eight months in state prison

Pre-Trial

 

June 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

 

Department W-1, West Justice Court, Westminster

 Circumstances of the Case:

  • At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 10, 2016, Mcpherson is accused of driving southbound on the 55 freeway as it turns into Newport Boulevard with two children in her vehicle.
  • As traffic slowed, the defendant is accused of veering right onto the sidewalk and striking two light poles, a bus bench, and 64-year-old John Doe.
  • Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) arrived to the scene and arrested Mcpherson for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).
  • At the time of the crime, Mcpherson is accused of possessing multiple prescription bottles in her vehicle.
  • The victim was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel Feldman, Homicide Unit

 



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