Fiesta Island Driver To Undergo Mental Heath Exam

A judge on Friday ordered a mental exam for a woman accused of driving the wrong way on Fiesta Island and crashing into a group of cyclists, injuring many of them.

Theresa Owens was ordered to undergo an exam on Dec. 9 to determine whether she’s competent to stand trial. In the meantime, all criminal proceedings will be on hold.

San Diego police said Owens was driving her vehicle on Fiesta Island Road around 6:30 p.m. on August 12 when her car struck about 10 cyclists in a larger group finishing up a training ride.
Six people went to the hospital with injuries, including Juan Carlos Vinolo, who was paralyzed.

Vinolo has continued to recover and according to his gofundme page, he should be leaving the hospital soon.

“JC is making progress every day and his high spirit is there with him most of the time,” a gofundme update posted four days ago said. “He is working and working and getting a little better every day.”

After the crash, Owens was found to have a baggie of meth hidden in her vagina, a deputy district attorney revealed at her August 15 arraignment.

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