A woman who was allegedly high on drugs when she crashed her compact car into a power pole in El Cajon, killing her 3-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her two other children, pleaded not guilty Friday to gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired, among other charges.
Brandy Teague, 31, was ordered held on $1 million bail.
According to police, Teague may have fallen asleep moments before her 2010 Hyundai Accent veered off Broadway between First and Second streets about 9:45 p.m. last Saturday.
Teague’s three children — ages 2, 3, and 10 — were badly hurt and taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, where 3-year-old Carlee Ramirez died.
Teague was treated at a hospital before being arrested. She faces more than 23 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter, DUI with injury, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and methamphetamine possession.
She will be back in court next Thursday for a readiness conference and April 23 for a preliminary hearing.
— City News Service