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Deal on table in fatal car-motorcycle crash

Driver of car faces charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

Posted: April 15, 2014 2:04 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2014 2:04 p.m.

SAN FERNANDO — Prosecutors have a plea deal on the table for a Stevenson Ranch woman accused of fatally injuring a motorcyclist with her car last August, allegedly while she was intoxicated, court heard Tuesday.

Suzette Lorine Crockett, 46, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday on a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Wearing a white jacket, black pants and a black-and-white blouse, Crockett stood beside her lawyer as Deputy District Attorney Emily Cole told the judge about the proposed deal.

“We finally got the report we needed from the California Highway Patrol which allowed us to extend an offer to the defendant,” Cole said.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Aug. 11, motorcyclist Johnny Sanchez Jr., 58, of Lake View Terrace, was injured in a traffic collision on The Old Road near Sagecrest Circle that involved a 1987 Toyota Matrix , CHP Sgt. John Lutz said at the time.

Sanchez died a week later in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

Crockett, who was identified by CHP as the driver of the Toyota, was arrested the night of the collision, Lutz said. She was re-arrested on Aug. 21, the night Sanchez died, and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Crockett was released from custody after posting bail, which had been set at $100,000.

Cole explained to the court Tuesday how she and the woman’s defense lawyer discussed the deal but revealed none of the plea agreement’s details.

The agreement, which Cole called “a good deal” outside of the courtroom, will be formally presented in court in a couple of weeks.

When the judge asked Crockett if she agreed to waive her right to have a preliminary hearing on the matter, Crockett said: “Yes, your honor.”

Outside the courtroom, Cole said she has already discussed the deal with the victim’s wife.

“We don’t know if she is going to take it,” Cole said, referring the defendant.
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