Woman pleads no contest in 2014 South Lake Tahoe vehicular manslaughter case
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Olga Pena-Arce, a suspect in a November 2014 single-vehicle collision, pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter charges on Monday, Sept. 14.
On Nov. 24 last year, Pena-Arce, who was 20 years old at the time, was driving her 2000 Saturn sedan westbound on Pioneer Trail.
Pena-Arce had two passengers, including 21-year-old Aimee Campos. Pena-Arce was traveling at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle, and slammed into a retaining wall. The collision killed Campos and injured the other passenger.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department initiated an investigation into the collision. Investigators found Pena-Arce had been to at least one bar that evening, consumed alcohol and subsequently drove with a blood-alcohol content over .08 percent. Investigators also found Pena-Arce had been driving in excess of 75 mph in a 35 mph zone.
She will return to El Dorado County Superior Court on Nov. 13 for sentencing. She faces a possible state prison sentence up to a maximum of 12 years and eight months.
This case was investigated by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, California Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.