Fatal Bus Bench Crash Driver Charged

The defendant had her license suspended three times for previous collisions

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 4:05 PM PDT
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Fatal Bus Bench Crash Driver Charged

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A woman who drove her car into a City Heights bus stop bench, killing one woman and injuring two others, faces charges of felony gross vehicular manslaughter and driving on a suspended license.

Jean Chizer-Williams, 71, was behind the wheel of a PT Cruiser when the car went out of control and slammed into the bench in the 4800 block of University Avenue just before 8 p.m. on June 4.

Vanessa Shane, 25, of El Cajon died from her injuries. Her 10-year-old son suffered a broken arm and cuts to his head.

Shane's 28-year-old boyfriend was transported to Mercy Hospital with fractures to his leg and feet.

Several days after the accident, San Diego police investigators said it appeared Chizer-Williams had severe low blood sugar due to diabetes at the time of the accident.

Prosecutors said Chizer-Williams was involved in three prior collisions and had her license suspended three previous times.

The defendant pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday. If convicted on all charges, she could face 12 years behind bars.

Her preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 13.

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