Hyun Choi, a San Diego State undergraduate appeared in court last week accused of crashing her car into a Porsche, killing the passenger. Choi is being held on $3 million bail.
According to prosecutors, Choi is accused of smoking medical marijuana on Easter Sunday immediately before veering over the median and crashing her Toyota Corolla head-on into a 1956 Porsche, killing the passenger, 43-year-old Amanda Walzer. The driver of the Porsche was Walzer’s fiancée, 49-year-old Jon Warshawsky who was admitted to the intensive care unit.
According to Deputy District Attorney, Steven Schott, responding officers recovered a pipe that was still warm to the touch from Choi’s vehicle.
At the time of the collision, Choi was on probation for a 2012 California DUI of alcohol where her blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent.
Choi is facing second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, and gross bodily injury allegations for multiple victims. If convicted, Choi faces 22 years in prison.
Choi’s prior DUI allowed prosecutors to charge her with murder under the Watson Murder Rule.
Also, it should be noted that it does not matter whether Choi was smoking medical marijuana, which she had a license for. Just like other prescription drugs, a person can be arrested, charged and convicted of a California DUI whether the drug is illegal, over-the-counter, or prescription.
Choi is due back in court later this month.