A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 34-year-old woman accused of killing one man and injuring two others when she crashed a car into a taco stand in Boyle Heights while allegedly driving drunk pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter and related charges.

Maribel Rosas, of South Gate, faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury.

Rosas is due back in court on Aug. 24 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

On June 26, prosecutors allege that Rosas was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crossed three lanes before running up a curb and crashing into a taco stand in the 300 block of South Clarence Street.

Juan Mendez, 48, was killed and two other people were injured.

Rosas, who was released on bail following her arrest, faces up to 12 years and eight months in prison if convicted as charged.

–City News Service 

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