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Motorist accused of killing bicyclist while intoxicated has received 16 traffic tickets since 2005, police say

February 23, 2011 |  7:40 am

Authorities said a Newport Beach woman accused of fatally striking a bicyclist while driving drunk had received more than a dozen traffic tickets over the last five years.

Danae Marie Miller, 22, was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated related to the fatal crash on San Joaquin Hills Road in Newport Beach just before 6 p.m. Monday. The accident was the fourth fatal collision between a vehicle and a cyclist in Newport Beach since July 2009. Miller was released early Tuesday after posting $100,000 bail, Orange County Sheriff's Department records show.

Since 2005, Miller has been cited 16 times for alleged traffic violations, court records show.

She received six tickets for speeding or driving too fast for conditions each year between 2005 and 2009, a ticket in 2006 for driving the wrong way on a street, a failure to stop at a stop sign in 2007, and tickets in 2009 and 2010 for talking on her cellphone while driving.

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