A 25-year-old East Palo Alto woman has been arrested for the death of her friend after a fatal car crash on Friday (June 17), an East Palo Alto police spokesman said.
Leylani Simmons, 25, was arrested Monday (June 20) on charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with gross negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in great bodily injury or death with a great bodily injury allegation and driving on a suspended license with a prior conviction, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
East Palo Alto officers saw a vehicle driving recklessly at Pulgas Avenue and Camellia Drive at around 10:30 p.m. Friday, according to Acting Capt. Jeff Liu. The DA's office said Simmons allegedly attempted to evade police at speeds between 60-80 mph.
She allegedly ran at least six stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the road twice, and overturned her vehicle after turning at Pulgas and East Bayshore Road, according to the DA's office.
A passenger, Lupe Veamatahau, 22, from East Palo Alto, was pinned between the vehicle and the asphalt and died at the scene, the DA's office said.
Simmons was ejected from the vehicle and hospitalized with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
She was transported to Stanford Hospital. Upon arrest, Simmons was taken to San Mateo County Jail. She was booked on the charges and a no-bail warrant from Santa Clara County for reckless driving and defrauding an innkeeper. She was also booked on a $5,000 warrant for driving with a suspended license.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call or text message police at 650-409-6792 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.