Driver Pleads No Contest in Fatal 4th of July Accident That Killed a Fireworks Spectator

Source: (KTLA)

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (KTLA) — A Canyon Country woman who allegedly killed one person and injured several others when she drove into a crowd watching Fourth of July fireworks in 2010 pleaded no contest to charges Monday in court.

Prosecutor Richard Quinones said Melissa Brigette Brown, 23, pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular manslaughter. A judge dismissed an infraction against her for failing to stop at a red light.

Brown is expected to be sentenced Nov. 9 in San Fernando Superior Court, according to prosecutors. She faces up to six years in state prison.

Prosecutors say Brown crashed into another vehicle July 4, 2010 after running a red light. She then lost control of her car and careened into the crowd of spectators gathered for the fireworks display. 

Matilda Garnica, 43, who was standing on a sidewalk, was killed in the crash. Several others sustained minor injuries.


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