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People v Michelle Biala

A jury found defendant Michelle Biala guilty of Gross-Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated. On July 13, 2016, at about 9:45 pm, victim Steven Lin ran over something in the roadway on southbound I-880 just south of Highway 238 and suffered a flat tire.

Lin pulled his Toyota Prius to the shoulder, activated his flashers, and remained buckled while he called for a tow. Several other vehicles also had flat tires and were parked on the shoulder of 880. At 9:57 pm, the defendant was driving southbound on I-880 when she swerved her 2007 Chevy Trailblazer across several lanes and collided with the Prius, killing Mr. Lin.

A blood test taken two hours after the crash showed a significant levels of marijuana and Ambien, a sleeping pill. The defendant, a registered nurse at the time, had marijuana in her purse and an Ambien pill bottle that she picked-up from CVS 2 hours prior with five of 10 pills missing. The defendant suffered a prior "wet reckless" conviction two years earlier wherein she was ordered to attend a 30-hour DUI class.

Five months prior to this incident, the defendant was arrested for DUI when she was found on the side of the freeway, disoriented, with damage to her vehicle and admitted to having used marijuana, Xanax and Valium. In that incident, she told police that she was, "too high to drive." The case was prosecuted by DDA John Mifsud. DA Inspector Jim Rullamas and D Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Bernaola also worked on the case.

Sentencing is set for June 29.

Posted on May 2, 2018