SANTA ANA, California – Suspected   drunk driver Jessicah Louise Cowan, 33, of Lake Hughes is facing 15 years to   life behind bars if she is convicted of a slew of charges including murder for killing a 5-year-old girl and seriously injuring her sister and mother  after she ran a red light and struck them at a 17th Street   crosswalk, according to a press release issued by the Orange County District  Attorney’s Office.

Cowan has been charged with one felony   count each of murder, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily   injury, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent causing bodily   injury and hit and run causing injury.  She was also given sentencing enhancements for   having a blood alcohol level over .20 percent and causing bodily injury as   well as being cited for possession of marijuana while driving, the report   said.

“Murder may be charged in cases of   implied malice where the defendant intentionally commits an act that is   dangerous to human life, knowing it is dangerous to human life, and acts with   conscious disregard for human life,” the release said.

The alleged drunk driver’s arraignment   in court was scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2012, however, it was postponed   to a later date.

The crosswalk tragedy began on June 23   at about 11:00 a.m. as Cowan was reportedly driving erratically in Santa Ana   while under the influence of alcohol. As Cowan drove down 17th   Street she allegedly ran through a red light and lost control of her vehicle.   She crashed into the center median and then continued driving down 17th   Street and ran a second red light at Spurgeon Street.

The three victims were holding hands   as they walked through the crosswalk on a green light with the walk sign lit,   the report said. Cowan crashed into the victims, Osmara Meza, 5, her sister Gresia,   6, and the children’s mother Eloisa. The impact threw all three family   members into the street and Osmara died at the scene. Paramedics transported her   sister and mother to a nearby hospital where they were diagnosed with traumatic   brain injuries. Meanwhile, Cowan fled the scene of the crash and drove away   with a witness in pursuit of her.

“The witness used their own car to   block the road to prevent Cowan from fleeing,” according to the press release.

The Santa Ana Police Department arrested   Cowan at the scene and while searching her vehicle found a vial of marijuana.

Drunk driving is the   most frequently committed violent crime reported in the United States and   someone is killed by one of these impaired drivers roughly every 40 minutes,   according to statistics cited by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

“There is no excuse   for driving drunk and anyone who injures or kills someone while doing so and   flees the scene of the crash should be held accountable for their actions in   court,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm.

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