A Moreno Valley woman accused of running a stop sign and slamming into an SUV, killing the 17-year-old boy driving, pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and other offenses.
Shady Pillar Torres was arrested last week following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the wreck that took the life of Logan Edwards of Winchester.
Along with the manslaughter count, Torres is charged with committing a crime while on bail.
Torres was arraigned before Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 16 at the Banning Justice Center, where the case has been moved.
Torres is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s investigators, shortly after 3 p.m. on May 26, Torres was driving her 2014 Toyota Corolla east on Bay Avenue at the same time Edwards was driving his 2012 Ford Edge north on Day Street in Moreno Valley.
Torres was traveling “at a high rate of speed” and allegedly plowed through the stop sign, slamming into the “Ford’s driver’s side, causing it to collide into a nearby residential fence, where it came to rest,” according to a sheriff’s statement.
The Toyota also came to a stop following impact.
Paramedics reached the location within minutes and pronounced Edwards dead at the scene.
Investigators said Torres suffered moderate injuries. She was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment and was booked into jail a week later.
According to court records, Torres has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County. However, she has an unresolved arson case, also pending in Banning. The alleged offense occurred on May 19, records show.
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