INDIO, Calif.- - A woman accused of causing a fatal Coachella crash that killed her passenger when their car overturned several times and landed in the parking lot of the Spotlight 29 Casino was charged with DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter and evading a peace officer causing injury or death today.
Annalee Montemayor, 22, of Indio, is charged in the June 2 crash that killed 22-year-old Indio resident Alezia Carmona, when the Nissan Maxima they were in tumbled off the right shoulder of state Route 86 and onto the casino property just after 6 a.m.
Carmona was pronounced dead at the scene, while Montemayor was hospitalized at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with major injuries. Jail records indicate that she was arrested at the hospital on Wednesday, and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
The circumstances leading up to the crash remain unclear, but the California Highway Patrol said that the Maxima was headed north on state Route 86, near Dillon Road, when it veered off the right side.
CHP investigators say that the Maxima passed a white Pontiac Aztek just prior to the crash. After the Maxima ran off the roadway, surveillance footage shows that the Pontiac ``stops for a minimal amount of time, and proceeds straight onto northbound state Route 86,'' the CHP said.
Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying the Pontiac driver by releasing a picture of the witness' vehicle, which was captured by a nearby surveillance camera.
Police asked anyone with information regarding the crash to contact CHP Officer Solis at (760) 772-5300.
Carmona's family is raising funds for her funeral costs, and as of Thursday, had reached more than half of their $5,000 goal. To contribute, visit www.gofundme.com/alexia-carolina039s-funeral-sevices.
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