A woman accused of killing five people in a serious Fresno car crash had
her first court appearance earlier this month.
Authorities state that, in February 2014, 43-year-old Juana Martinez Bejarano,
ran a stop sign and broadsided a Ford SUV carrying 29-year-old Esmeralda Tafoya-Saucedo
and four children. The SUV burst into flames, and all on board were killed.
Ms. Martinez Bejarano admits crashing into the SUV but denied responsibility
for the deaths, claiming that a manufacturing defect caused the Ford to explode.
The CHP contends that Ms. Martinez Bejarano was negligent because she recklessly
ran the stop sign and was driving without a license. If found guilty of
vehicular manslaughter, she could go to prison.
It is unclear why Ms. Martinez Bejarano did not have a license. According
to the accident report, she wears a patch over her right eye, which she
lost in her childhood due to a medical condition.
In California, medical
suspension or revocation is quite common. If you have one of these conditions, it may be reported
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The DMV must grant you a hearing in order to take action against your license.
An attorney regularly practicing in the central valley can help you present
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