Woman in DUI fatality pleads 'not guilty'

Leylani Simmons remains held on $500,000 bail

A woman accused of killing her friend in a drunken driving crash in East Palo Alto in June pleaded not guilty to all charges against her Wednesday afternoon (July 20) in court, the San Mateo County District Attorney said.

East Palo Alto resident Leylani Simmons, 25, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in great bodily injury or death, and driving on a suspended license after the June 17 crash.

Simmon's passenger, Lorina Veamatahau, 22, of East Palo Alto, died in the crash.

Simmons crashed after she drove away from police who tried to pull her over for reckless driving, according to police officials.

Simmons and Veamatahau were both ejected in the crash and Veamatahau died at the scene.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 7 at 9 a.m., District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Until the hearing, Simmons will be held at San Mateo County Jail on $500,000 bail, Wagstaffe said.

Related story:

Driver arrested for homicide in fatal crash

— Bay City News Service

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