California driver, 40, faces murder charge after latest DUI kills pregnant woman

California driver, 40, faces murder charge after latest DUI kills pregnant womanCalifornia driver, 40, faces murder charge after latest DUI kills pregnant woman.

According to Spitzer, Tuesday’s crash was “not an accident” so much as “a choice – and it was a deadly one.”

After all three previous DUI convictions, Pandolfi was given a warning that’s known as a “Watson advisement,” the Register reported. It informs suspects convicted of DUI that they could face murder charges if someone dies as the result of a subsequent DUI incident.

Proof that a convicted DUI driver received a Watson advisement in the past allows prosecutors to pursue a charge of second-degree murder, instead of vehicular manslaughter, if a DUI-related death occurs, according to the Register.

Pandolfi appeared in court Thursday but did not enter a plea, the newspaper reported. She is expected to return to court Sept. 4.

If convicted, Pandolfi could face life in prison. She was being held in the county jail on $3 million bail.

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