Woman Charged in DUI Crash That Killed 2 Friends During Birthday Celebration

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A 23-year-old woman was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in a single car crash that killed two of her friends during a birthday celebration.


Five young women were inside this Nissan when it crashed on the NB 110 Freeway, Nov. 3, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Jeanette Romero had been at a downtown Los Angeles club with four of her girlfriends on Nov. 3, 2013, celebrating the birthday of 22-year-old Ana Cuadra, according to a release from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

After leaving the club, Romero was driving northbound on the 110 Freeway when she hit a curb at a turnout, struck a chain link fence and crashed into a tree, prosecutors said.

The car was so badly mangled that Los Angeles city firefighters had to cut the women out of the vehicle, video from the scene showed.

Cuadra and 23-year-old Blanca Belman-Almanza were killed in the crash. Two other women in the car were seriously injured as was Romero, the release stated.

If convicted, Romero faced a maximum of 13 years in prison.

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