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Tapia hearing pushed back

April 23, 2013
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - A probable cause hearing for a Fairmont woman facing criminal vehicular homicide charges has been pushed back because the defense is waiting on documents.

Alicia Tapia faces eight counts of criminal vehicular homicide stemming from a car crash in March that killed her 6-year-old son.

Tapia's attorney, Darci Bentz, requested Monday's hearing be delayed because she has not received interview transcripts or an official accident description. A hearing is now scheduled for May 6.

Court records state Tapia had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit on the morning of March 3, when the vehicle she was driving on Highway 4 north of Dunnell went off the road and rolled.

Two of her three children in the vehicle were not wearing seat belts and were ejected, resulting in the death of one and serious injuries for the other.

Tapia faces eight charges of criminal vehicular homicide; six stem from alcohol being a factor in the crash.

Four of the charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, while the remaining four charges for driving in a grossly negligent manner each carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

 
 

 

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