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test 0512218-Woman Charged In Beverly Hills DUI Crash That Killed Two

A Los Angeles woman who allegedly caused a single-vehicle crash that killed two passengers and injured three others, including herself, while drunk driving in Beverly Hills was charged Tuesday with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI.

Taisha Warie Welch, 30, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the rollover crash that occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday on Santa Monica Boulevard near Wilshire.

Two  passengers in Welch’s BMW X5 – Jenetta Williams, 30, of Palmdale, and Denesha Stewart, 24, of Lakewood – died at a hospital after the crash.

Three other passengers were hurt, with two suffering great bodily injury, according to prosecutors.

Welch is charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one felony count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury.

She also faces a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended or revoked license, and faces up to 16 years and six months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the district attorney’s office.

Welsh, who was arrested just before 4 a.m. last Friday and remains jailed, is due back at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles on May 17, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial.

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