Driver in Fiesta Island Cycling Crash Appears in Court

The woman accused of driving the wrong way on Fiesta Island and crashing into a group of cyclists, injuring many of them, appeared for a pretrial hearing Tuesday.

Theresa Owens, wore reading glasses on the top of her head and looked very different from her initial court appearance where she pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony DUI with injury and possession of a controlled substance.

Theresa Owens appeared at her arraignment on August 15, 2014.

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.

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.

Images: Car Drives into Group of Cyclists on Fiesta Island

The preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled to begin Tuesday however the judge rescheduled it for Oct. 31.


If convicted, Owens could face a maximum punishment 12 years and eight months in prison.

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