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Woman arraigned on murder charges for double-fatal crash on Stanley

26-year-old holds off on entering plea; prosecutors say she had past DUI convictions

A Livermore woman was arraigned Tuesday on two counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for a crash near Livermore last November that claimed the lives of a Village High School student and a 25-year-old woman.

Lauren Davis, 26, was also charged with three counts of causing injury while drunk driving by a person with prior convictions, as prosecutors say she has two previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Authorities had said earlier in the investigation said Davis' prior DUI arrests were reduced to reckless driving convictions.

Davis was arrested in Livermore last Thursday in connection with the crash, which occurred on westbound Stanley Boulevard just west of Highway 84/Isabel Avenue at about 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 22, which was the night before Thanksgiving.

Authorities allege that Davis was driving a blue 2004 Kia Sorrento, carrying five people, which veered off the roadway, flipped several times and ended up north of Stanley Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol said 16-year-old Violet Campbell of Pleasanton died that night after she was partially ejected from the car.

The CHP said Alexys Garcia, 25, suffered major injuries when she was ejected from the car and died in the hospital a week later, on Nov. 29.

Davis was arrested shortly after the collision but was released after a few days because the CHP was still completing its investigation, which included getting a toxicology report on her, getting witness statements and reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area.

When she was in custody in November Alameda County sheriff's jail records listed her occupation as being a driver for UPS but jail records now say she is unemployed.

The CHP completed its investigation on Jan. 16 and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Davis last Thursday.

The CHP said in a probable cause statement that it determined that Davis was driving under the influence based on her admission to consuming alcohol prior to driving, passenger statements confirming that she was consuming alcohol and marijuana before driving as well as her "objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication."

The law enforcement agency said a field sobriety test wasn't administered on Davis due to the nature of the injuries she suffered in the crash and because she refused to submit to a preliminary alcohol-screening test.

But the agency said Davis eventually chose to submit to a blood test after she was arrested and a test at 3:05 a.m. on Nov. 23, about three hours after the crash, showed that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.16, two times the legal limit of 0.08, and tested positive for marijuana.

The CHP said that minutes before the collision, passengers in Davis' car warned her that she was driving dangerously.

The agency said that in addition to the injuries that claimed the lives of Campbell and Garcia, the crash caused an 18-year-old passenger to suffer a right wrist fracture and a 22-year-old passenger to suffer a nasal fracture and a right pulmonary contusion.

Prosecutors say Davis previously was convicted of drunk driving both on Aug. 4, 2016, and on May 22, 2017.

The CHP said that between June 2 and July 7 last year, Davis completed a DUI program that covered the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the Watson advisement.

The purpose of that advisement is to create a legal record that people are aware of the dangers driving while under the influence poses to themselves and to others and they can't claim they didn't understand the consequences if they are ever involved in another driving under the influence incident.

Davis, who's being held without bail, is scheduled to return to court next Wednesday to be assigned an attorney and possibly enter a plea.

- Story by Bay City News Service, with Pleasanton Weekly staff contributing.

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