Redwood City woman accused in fatal DUI crash pleads not guilty

A Redwood City woman accused of killing a Menlo Park couple and their dog in a drunken driving accident pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday after three previous arraignments were postponed due to a medical condition, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said.

Marjorie Reitzell, 54, pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the Oct. 24 incident that killed 45-year-old Kamal Singh, 50-year-old Balbir Singh and their pet Chihuahua. The charges include two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence causing injury.

Prosecutors say Reitzell was driving drunk on Chilco Street about 7 p.m. when her car veered off the road onto the shoulder and fatally struck the victims and their dog.

The car then drove off and ran into a car with four teens in it, causing minor injuries, before driving into a tree, prosecutors said. Reitzell reportedly had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit.

Reitzell also has a prior conviction for drunken driving in 2012, for which she was still on probation, prosecutors said.

She had been set to appear for arraignment for the previous few weeks but could not be medically cleared to appear because she complained of chest pains. Her arraignment was postponed at least three times in the past two weeks.

Reitzell’s preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. and she remains in custody on $2 million bail.

The Singhs leave behind three children, prosecutors said.Bay Area NewsMarjorie ReitzellMenlo ParkPeninsulaRedwood City

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