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Murrieta woman — 17, high and drunk at time of fatal crash — sentenced to 4 years

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A Murrieta woman — who at age 17 and while driving drunk and high on cocaine slammed into a 26-year-old woman, killing the woman on impact — was sentenced to four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, Murrieta police said.

Taylor Suzanne Channel, 18, was tried as an adult for the crime. She was sentenced Friday, Jan. 26, at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

On Jan. 22, 2017, a Murrieta police sergeant traveling west on Murrieta Hot Springs Road behind Channel saw her vehicle run a red light at Jackson Avenue, officials said.

The sergeant turned on his patrol vehicle’s lights and attempted to catch up with her when he saw the Chrysler run another red light at Alta Murrieta Road. Channel then slammed into Leah Reay, 26, as Reay was attempting to make a left from eastbound Murrieta Hot Springs onto Alta Murrieta, killing the Wildomar woman on impact, officials said.

It was later revealed Channel was traveling at 84 mph at the time of impact, Murrieta police officials said in a statement.

Prior to her sentencing, Channel waived her right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to the felony vehicular manslaughter charge, officials said.

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