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Hearing Today For Woman Accused Of Fatal DUI Crash

Kathleen Sloan, 20, Faces Multiple Charges Including Murder

EL CAJON, Calif. — A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday for a young Lakeside woman who allegedly was under the influence of an over-the-counter depressant at the time of a head-on freeway crash that killed a man in the other vehicle.

Kathleen Lucinda Sloan is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing great bodily injury and hit-and-run. A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether the defendant should stand trial.

About 3 p.m. Nov. 1, the 20-year-old defendant was driving a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 8 near Dunbar Lane, just west of Alpine, when she pulled to the shoulder, made a U-turn and headed west in the eastbound lanes, Deputy District Attorney Luis Mendez said earlier.

“Two vehicle managed to avoid colliding with her, but the victim’s vehicle was struck and a man died at the scene,” Mendez said.

Sloan, who was treated for a broken ankle and appeared at her arraignment in a wheelchair, was found to be under the influence of an unspecified central nervous system depressant at the time of the crash, according to Mendez.

He said Sloan was also involved in another collision before she made the U-turn, resulting in the hit-and-run charge. No one was seriously injured in that crash.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim in the second crash as Sergio Chan Mora, 54.

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