A woman who allegedly drove drunk and caused a single-vehicle crash in Beverly Hills that killed two of her passengers and injured three others was charged Tuesday with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI.
Taisha Warie Welch, 30, of Los Angeles, is expected to be arraigned sometime Tuesday at the Airport Branch Courthouse in connection with the rollover crash of the BMW X5 that occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday on Santa Monica Boulevard near Wilshire Boulevard.
Two of her passengers — Jenetta Williams, 30, of Palmdale, and Denesha Stewart, 24, of Lakewood — died at a hospital, according to the coroner’s office.
Three other passengers were hurt, with two suffering great bodily injury, according to prosecutors.
Welch was charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one felony count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury. She is also facing a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
She was arrested just before 4 a.m. last Friday and has remained jailed.
Welch could face up to 16 years and six months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.