Woman Arrested on Suspicion of DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter in Fullerton Crash That Killed Mongols Biker

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Deanna Soto, 39, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI following a crash in Fullerton. (Credit: Fullerton Police Department)

Deanna Soto, 39, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI following a crash in Fullerton. (Credit: Fullerton Police Department)

Nearly a year after being involved in a crash that killed a Mongols Motorcycle Club member in Fullerton, a woman suspected of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter has been arrested, police said Thursday.

Deanna Soto, 39, of Huntington Beach, was turning left onto South Lemon Street from Valencia Avenue (map) on June 21, 2014, when she allegedly collided with a motorcycle being ridden by 29-year-old Robert Lavender of Carson, the Fullerton Police Department stated in a news release.

Lavender was pronounced dead at the scene following the crash.

Three people in Soto’s vehicle were also injured in the collision and taken to the hospital.

Lavender was a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel of the Police Department confirmed Friday.

A motorcycle rider was killed following a crash in Fullerton on June 21, 2014. (Credit: OnScene)

A motorcycle rider was killed following a crash in Fullerton on June 21, 2014. (Credit: OnScene)

The Mongols are described as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” on the U.S. Department of Justice website.

Soto was initially arrested and released pending further investigation following the crash, Hamel said.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office had sent the case back to police for further investigation, the OC Weekly reported shortly after the crash.

A Facebook page created in connection with the crash called for justice for the victim, who was identified as “Chance Daily (legal name: Robert Earl Lavender).” The page, Justice for Chance Daily, called for more than 1,100 fans to write letters to the Fullerton Police Department about the case.

A memorial was held in Lemon Park in Fullerton in September, according to the page.

On Friday, the page posted an OC Register story about the arrest with the caption “FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Soto was re-arrested Thursday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and felonious driving while impaired, according to the Police Department.

Soto was booked into Fullerton City Jail, according to the news release.