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Jorene Ypanto Nicolas
Jorene Ypanto Nicolas

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12WF0170

Date: September 4, 2015

DISTRACTED FREEWAY DRIVER SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING MOTORIST BY CRASHING 85 MPH INTO CAR STOPPED IN TRAFFIC

SANTA ANA, Calif. – An inattentive driver was sentenced today to six years in state prison for killing a motorist by crashing into the victim’s car at approximately 85 mph after failing to notice that traffic had come to a stop. Jorene Ypanto Nicolas, 32, San Diego, was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 13, 2015, of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. On April 16, 2014, a previous jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in this case finding 11 to one in favor of guilt and the trial resulted in a mistrial.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. on April 27, 2011, Nicolas was speeding while traveling northbound on Interstate 405 near Edwards Street in a Toyota Prius. She became distracted and inattentive while driving and failed to notice that the traffic ahead had come to a complete stop.

Deanna Mauer
Deanna Mauer

Nicolas was driving at approximately 85 mph and failed to brake or slow when she slammed into the back of a Hyundai sedan, which was just starting to move after being at a full stop in traffic, driven by 23-year-old Deanna Mauer, of Fountain Valley. Mauer’s sedan was pushed into the car in front of her and then traveled and struck the center divider before coming to a stop facing southbound in the northbound lanes.

After crashing into the victim’s car, Nicolas lost control of her own vehicle and also crashed into the center divider. Nicolas was transported to the hospital and treated for minor lacerations.

The victim, who had been wearing her seatbelt, was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center. She was pronounced dead that day as a result of brain death due to vertebral artery transection.

The California Highway Patrol investigated this case.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718



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