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Suspect in Deadly Wrong Way Crash on SR-52 to Stand Trial, Faces 10 Years

April Carole Thompson will stand trial on gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and other charges.

Updated @ 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2013

A woman who allegedly drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a head-on collision that killed the other driver must stand trial on gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

April Carole Thompson, 23, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Thompson was driving west in the eastbound lanes of state Route 52 around 1 a.m. on Dec. 29 when she crashed her Chevrolet truck head-on into a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle driven by 25- year-old Jayme Alan Midlam. Midlam died at the scene, and Thompson was treated at a hospital for moderate injuries.

CHP Officer Albert Udan testified at Tuesday's preliminary hearing that the driver of a big rig told him that he saw oncoming headlights and immediately slowed to 35 mph and pulled over the right side of the freeway. The big rig driver said the victim's car passed him and was hit head-on by Thompson's truck.

Udan said when he arrived on scene, the vehicles were stuck together.

After the crash, Thompson started her truck again and tried to back out of the wreckage, but was unsuccessful, according to court testimony.

CHP Officer Shad Davidson testified that two men trying to get Thompson out of her truck told him that she kept saying "she just wanted to go home."

CHP Officer Jason Gutierrez testified that he arrested Thompson at the hospital, believing that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Thompson's blood-alcohol level was measured at . 21 percent two hours after the deadly collision.

The defendant told officers that she had only one glass of vodka about 4:30 p.m. the previous afternoon and was on her way from her home in National City to her boyfriend's home in El Cajon when the accident occurred.

Besides gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Thompson is charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way on a highway resulting in death.

Judge Desiree Bruce-Lyle ruled that enough evidence was presented at the hearing for Thompson to stand trial March 20. A readiness conference was set for March 12.

—City News Service

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Sylvan Tieger January 30, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Shame it was not HELLERY Clinton in the car where someone died THEN I bet the laws would be changed your a drunk driver and kill someone like Ted Kennedy was known for they should be tried for murder and given a lethal injection More people die because of drunk drivers the ALL the "Assault weapons" put together (Unless you count Ruby Ridge and Wako Texas where "peace officers" Shot unarmed people in the back or set them on fire using Janet Reno as the executioner
Sylvan Tieger January 30, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Shame it was not HELLERY Clinton in the car where someone died THEN I bet the laws would be changed your a drunk driver and kill someone like Ted Kennedy was known for they should be tried for murder and given a lethal injection. More people die because of drunk drivers then ALL the "Assault weapons" put together (Unless you count Ruby Ridge and Wako Texas) where "peace officers" Shot unarmed people in the back or set them on fire using Janet Reno as the executioner
Daniel January 30, 2013 at 08:54 PM
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