Driver in fatal DUI crash wants to withdraw guilty plea

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for driving drunk and causing a head-on crash on the Silver Strand that killed a 95-year-old man told a judge Tuesday that she wanted to withdraw her plea, forcing her sentencing to be postponed.

scaleMelanie Rebecca Flores, 50, pleaded guilty in March in connection with the April 21, 2010, crash near Coronado Cays that took the life of Stevens Benjamin Friedman.

South Bay Judge Francis Devaney scheduled a June 28 hearing for Flores’ motion to withdraw her guilty plea. If the motion is denied, sentencing is expected to follow.

Forty-five minutes after the fatal crash, the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .32 percent — four times the legal limit — according to Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright.

Flores, who has been jailed since her arrest in June 2010, has three prior DUIs, according to the prosecution.

Coronado police said Flores drove her vehicle into two others. Friedman, a Coronado resident, was a front-seat passenger in one of those cars. The other drivers were injured, but survived.

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