A Novita woman identified as Keilah Marie Coyle was arrested on allegations of intoxicated driving after a crash that killed two people in Lake County, California. According to Lake County District Attorney Susan Krones, Coyle’s scheduled arraignment took place this past Tuesday afternoon on charges of vehicular manslaughter and causing great bodily injury by driving under the influence. The suspect remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.
The crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 on Highway 29 near Middletown. According to the California Highway Patrol report, Coyle was traveling southbound in a Ford F-250 pickup truck when she lost control and drifted over the solid double yellow lines. Consequently, the truck collided with a GMC van that was traveling northbound.
Sadly, the impact of the crash was severe, and the occupants of the van were pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. The fatal crash resulted in the highway being closed for about five hours. Investigative reports identified the two victims as Miguel Maciel Dominguez, 47, and Cassandra Elaine Rolicheck, 53, both residents of Clearlake.
The police officers at the scene noted that she showed signs of alcohol intoxication. As a result, they arrested Coyle on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injury and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, among other charges.
Considering the Facts of the DUI Case
Earlier that Saturday prior to the incident, Coyle was also identified as the suspect in a hit-and-run collision in Sonoma County. She allegedly made an unsafe lane change on Highway 101 South and sideswiped another vehicle. Thankfully, the victims were uninjured and were able to record Coyle’s license plate number to file a report.
Coyle faces incarceration but it is possible for the families of the victims to also file a wrongful death claim, separate from her criminal case. A case like this may turn out to be difficult to navigate. The DUI defense team will need to proceed with the tact and care necessary to help bring about the best results possible.