Katherine Ann Heinzel, Retired Newport Beach Police Officer, Guilty of Killing One, Injuring 2
Jurors found Katherine Ann Heinzel, 51, of Winchester, guilty of three felonies, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, for a fatal drunken-driving crash last November on I-15 in Fallbrook.
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Heinzel was one of seven former and current Newport Beach policewomen who settled a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against the city for $1.2 million in 1994, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Heinzel was awarded $150,000 and allowed to take disability retirement.
Now, she is looking at the possibility of spending 19 years of her retirement behind bars, reports North County Times.
She rear-ended a Toyota Camry around 1:50 a.m. Nov. 19, with her car and the Camry crashing through a freeway guardrail and down a steep embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Davieonne Dwayne Kelly, the Camry's 20-year-old driver, died at the scene. Heinzel and Kelly's 19-year-old passenger sustained moderate injuries, while another 20-year-old in the Camry was hurt critically.
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