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Irvine woman faces manslaughter charge in red-light crash

September 29, 2011 | 12:10 pm

An Irvine woman who allegedly ran a red light and killed the driver of another car will be arraigned Friday in Santa Ana on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

Prosecutors allege Laurie Anne Keen, 43, Irvine, was not paying attention when she drove through a red light Jan. 18 in Irvine.

Her van crashed into the driver's side of a Toyota sedan that was making a legal left turn.

The driver of the Toyota, 77-year-old Patricia Thompson-Yates, was pronounced dead at a hospital of multiple blunt force injuries.

Keen was charged last month with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors will ask that Keen be held in lieu of $100,000 bail.


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