Lancaster Elementary School Principal Charged with Murder


A Lancaster elementary school principal was involved in an allegedly alcohol-related accident that resulted in the death of a 29-year-old woman.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Mary Kruppe, who has been confirmed as a principal with the Eastside Union School District, was driving a 2014 Jeep Wrangler around 6:50pm on Thursday, November 15, southbound on 50th Street East. She collided head on at an unknown speed into a 2010 Mazda 3 in the southbound lanes driven by Jessica Ordaz of Lancaster.

Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. Kruppe was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and placed under arrest. Ordaz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kruppe was charged with murder and ordered Tuesday to remain in jail with $2 million bail until her arraignment next month. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, if convicted, Kruppe could face a maximum of 15 years to life in a state prison.

In California, there are various ways to violate the DUI laws depending on the type of substance consumed, or even the classification of the driver. While California’s laws are consistently changing as it relates to DUI, find out more information here about California’s DUI Laws and Penalties .

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