Woman Accused Of Crash That Killed Daughter, Appears In Court
Kapri Raven Coleman, 27, who was accused of reckless driving when her car crashed and rolled down an embankment, killing her 5-year-old daughter, Kesha and leaving her other two young children in critical conditions appeared before a courtroom in Vista on Tuesday.
Coleman arraignment was scheduled for Monday morning for the deadly North County crash but was rescheduled for medical reasons.
Deputy District Attorney, David Uyar told the court that, according to preliminary hospital results, Coleman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.167 at the time of the crash, and traces of other drugs were found in her system as well, including cocaine, amphetamines and marijuana.
Uyar, told NBC 7 that Coleman is being charged with murder instead of vehicular homicide because of applied malice theory — prosecutors believe she knew that driving under the influence was dangerous and knowingly put her kids at risk.
According to report from County Fire Protection District, Coleman was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 near Deer Springs Road at about 2:30 a.m. when her, with her three young children inside, went off the roadway and rolled over.
The authorities say, Coleman’s 3-year-old and 5-year-old daughters were ejected in the crash and her 1-year-old son remained restrained in his car seat, which was improperly buckled. CHP said Kesha died on the spot while the toddler and infant were critically injured and airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital.
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, it’s illegal for anybody 21 or older to drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.
At the Tuesday’s hearing, the judge issued a criminal protective order directing her to stay 1,000 feet away from her surviving children unless the court decides otherwise.
The baby boy has been released from the hospital but the toddler is still hospitalized with a fractured skull, as well as other broken bones, officials said Tuesday.
Her family are greatly saddened by the death of the 5-year- old and wished she never died in that manner death and everyone is hoping the 3-year-old can recover from her injuries and be released from the hospital, but she is gravely injured at this time,” Uyar told NBC 7 on Tuesday.
The defendant who has entered a not guilty plea to charges that include murder in the first degree in the death of her daughter Kesha, as well as gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing bodily injury and child cruelty will be back in Court August 5, for a readiness of the review hearing.
She is currently being held without bail.