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Menlo Park police look for DUI crash witness

Police believe white male in white Ford Explorer witnesses crash that claimed two lives

The Menlo Park Police Department announced Nov. 6 that it is seeking a specific witness who may have watched a grisly fatal drunken driving accident last month that claimed the lives of a Menlo Park couple out walking their dog.

Menlo Park Traffic Sgt. Sharon Kaufman is seeking the cooperation of a white male that was driving a white Ford Explorer on Oct. 24 around 6:50 p.m. near the intersection of the crash on Chilco Street. It is believed that this individual may have witnessed the entire event, according to Kaufman.

Marjorie Reitzell, 54, of Redwood City, has been arrested in connection with the accident. San Mateo County prosecutors said that after a day of heavy drinking, Reitzell veered her car onto a paved shoulder of the road, where her vehicle plowed into Kamal Singh, 45, and Balbir Singh, 50, who were out walking their Chihuahua. The couple leaves behind three teenaged children.

Prosecutors say Reitzell then ran her vehicle into a car occupied by four teenagers, causing them minor injuries, before striking a tree.

She has been charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of driving while under the influence causing injury, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Reitzell will be in court Thursday to enter a plea.

In the meantime, she is being held on the San Mateo County Jail on $2 million bail.

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Kaufman with the Menlo Park Police Department at 650-330-6343.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Raymond
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

Why wouldn't a witness to such an horrific accident stick around to give a statement to Police? Could it be that they were drunk too? Are there people driving drunk in both directions through Menlo Park?


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Posted by MiMi
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

Raymond
It could also be someone who is undocumented who would be understandably afraid of coming forward. An example of why it is short-sighted for ALL of us, documented and undocumented, when police are expected to report to the INS undocumented folks, and when we refuse to issue driver's licenses to undocumented folks. I am NOT saying that is the case this time, just that it could be. I am glad Governor Brown recently signed a law to issue driver's licenses once again to everyone who resides in California.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Anyone who wishes to donate to this cause can go to any Wells Fargo Bank. They have a means to accept contributions. I will miss her smiling face!


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