Woman accused of DUI death makes court appearance
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The pre-preliminary hearing of a woman accused of causing the death of one of her passengers during a suspected November DUI crash was delayed Monday at El Dorado County Superior Court.
Olga Nayeli Peña Arce, 21, made her first appearance in court after being arrested April 8 on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) or greater and causing injury. She is accused of causing the death of 20-year-old Aimee Campos and causing injury to 25-year-old Wayne Walker.
The continuance came after defense attorney Lori London stated that there was still discovery of a “mechanical” nature that still needed to be turned over by the prosecution. She also told the court that she would likely not be ready to set a preliminary hearing date by the next court date, as the discovery is lengthy. The next court date was scheduled for May 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3. Peña Arce’s arrest came after a four-month investigation by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
Investigators allege that Peña Arce was driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08 percent and in excess of 77 mph in a 35 mph zone when the car wreck occurred. The incident happened on Nov. 24 at about 4:30 a.m. in the area of Pioneer Trail and Edna Street, an area of town that is curvy and significantly dark at night.
The blood alcohol content (BAC) of Peña Arce, who was injured in the incident and was taken to a hospital, was not taken immediately after the crash, but South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Brian Williams said that her BAC was later calculated to be “well above 0.08 percent” by using different formulas.
Peña Arce awaits further court proceedings in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe.
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