SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 73-year-old diabetic woman whose PT Cruiser crashed into a bus stop shelter in City Heights, killing a mother and seriously injuring her 4-year-old son and his father, pleaded guilty Friday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges.
Jean Chizer-Williams faces anywhere from probation to eight years in prison when she is sentenced March 8 by Judge Charles Gill. The defendant also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.
Prosecutors said the defendant had been driving even though her license had been suspended because of her medical condition, and her blood-sugar level was extremely low at the time of the crash on June 4, 2011.
Chizer-Williams was driving about 35 mph when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the bus shelter in the 4800 block of University Avenue, killing 25-year-old Vanessa Mae Shane, according to prosecutors.
Shane's 4-year-old son, Elijah, and her boyfriend, David Abilez -- the boy's father -- were seriously injured. Both had multiple broken bones and the child had shards of glass stuck in his liver, authorities said.
A prosecutor said Chizer-Williams had been involved in three prior non-injury collisions since 2006 due to the same set of circumstances. He said the defendant has had her driver's license suspended three times.
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