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Alleged drunk driver charged with murder in girl's death in O.C.

June 26, 2012 |  1:36 pm

Jessicah CowanA 33-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with murder for allegedly killing a 5-year-old girl and severely injuring her sister and mother after running a red light in Santa Ana while drunk.

Jessicah Louise Cowan, of Lake Hughes in Los Angeles County, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

Prosecutors said they would seek to have her held on $1 million bail.

Authorities allege Cowan was intoxicated Saturday about 11 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into the three victims who were crossing 17th Street in a crosswalk on a green light.

Osmara Meza, 5, was killed. Her sister Gresia, 6, and mother, Eloisa, were treated for severe brain injuries and remain hospitalized.

Cowan tried to flee, police said, but the driver of another car  blocked the road and prevented her escape. She allegedly had a blood alcohol level that topped .20% -- more than twice the legal limit.

Cowan was charged with four felonies and an infraction for having marijuana in her car. If convicted she could face 15 years to life in state prison.


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Photo: Jessicah Louise Cowan. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office