Murder charge dropped in deadly DUI crash

Oct 27, 2014 5:09 PM by News Staff

The second-degree murder charge against a Shasta County woman who was allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine when she struck and killed a 27-year-old mother in April was dropped Monday.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Virginia Anderson was driving under the influence of methamphetamine when she ran a red light at the intersection of Placer Street and Buena Ventura Road in Redding on April 24. As Anderson went through the intersection she collided with a motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Haley Riggins. Riggins, the mother of a 10-month-old girl, was left in a coma and died on April 30.

Anderson had been charged with second-degree murder and DUI causing bodily injury, but the second-degree murder charge was dropped because it was determined by the court Anderson did not act with deliberate disregard for human life. The murder charge had been previously dismissed by the court this past summer, but was reinstated by the district attorney's office until Monday's hearing.

Anderson, who is being held in the Shasta County Jail on $1 million bail, still faces a felony charge of DUI causing great bodily injury and misdemeanor counts of driving without a license and being under the influence of controlled substance. If convicted Anderson faces up to eight years in prison.


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