Lady Justice 3 16-9

A 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to drunken driving charges in a crash that killed a woman in Irvine this week.

Colin Michael Selsted of Irvine was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury and driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury.

He also faces sentencing enhancements for driving with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or more and inflicting great bodily injury.

Selsted had been drinking with friends at a restaurant Monday afternoon before going to a friend’s home to continue drinking, according to Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Later Monday, Selsted left home and was driving his Volkswagen Golf GTI with 23-year-old Devon Williams in the passenger seat when he crashed the car on Shady Canyon Drive, Fyad said.

It happened about 10:55 p.m., just east of Cloverfield, with the vehicle rolling over multiple times down a hill before slamming into a concrete wall, Fyad said.

Selsted sustained minor injuries, but Williams was trapped in the car and had to be freed by paramedics, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

Williams fractured her skull in the crash and was declared brain dead about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Fyad said.

Prosecutors allege Selsted’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .17 percent about two hours after the crash, Fyad said.

If convicted at trial, Selsted could face up to 10 years in prison. The defendant was being held on $100,000 bail.

City News Service

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