|For Immediate Release
March 6, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METHAMPHETAMINE CONVICTED OF KILLING ONE AND INJURING ANOTHER IN 90 MPH CRASH AFTER RUNNING RED LIGHT
SANTA ANA – A driver under the influence of methamphetamine was convicted today of killing one man and injuring another after driving over 90 mph through a red light and crashing into them in an intersection. Amika Sergejev, 31, pleaded guilty to the court at her arraignment today to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while under the influence, one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for causing great bodily injury. She faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in state prison at her sentencing on May 8, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2008, Sergejev was driving eastbound over 93 mph in a 40 mph zone on Lincoln Avenue in Cypress. She was under the influence of methamphetamine and weaving in and out of lanes. Sergejev, who was driving a rented GMC pick-up truck, ran through a red light at the intersection of Walker Street and Lincoln Avenue and crashed into two cars that were legally passing through the intersection.
Lee Neang, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. Peter VanDyk, 20, was transported to the hospital to have glass fragments removed from his body.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Vehicular Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.