Newport Woman Charged in Car Accident Trial

Grace Coleman was sentenced to 21 years to life on July 29, 2022, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, the influence of alcohol causing injury, and a DUI with a blood-alcohol content exceeding the legal limit of .08% or more causing injury back in June. Coleman accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett which lowered her sentence significantly. Her parents are also being sued for alleged wrongful death and negligence for allowing her to drive a gifted Range Rover after two DUI cases in June 2019 and August 2020.

The DUI Case

The DUI case occurred on December 8, 2020, when Coleman got behind the wheel after receiving a ride home with a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit. After running a red light at nearly 75 mph, she crashed into the vehicle of a Santa Anna family observing Christmas lights at the intersection of Newport Coast Drive and Pelican Hills Road South. Henry Eduardo Saldana-Mejia, 27, and his wife Gabriela Andrade, 28, were killed from the impact of the crash while their three young children were hospitalized for broken legs and arms.

Car Accident Lawyer Irvine

Victims of a DUI case and families of wrongful death victims can suffer financially, physically, and emotionally as a result of the trauma they endured. The Law Office Of John J. Perlstein will support you during every step of a car accident trial to ensure you are properly compensated for catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths, and that the driver is held responsible for their negligence.

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