A Laguna Beach woman involved in a fatal car crash in March pleaded not guilty on three counts in a Santa Ana courtroom Tuesday.
Leslie Juarez, 27, is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence and causing injury, and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08% or more, according to court records.
She also faces sentencing enhancements for allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol level of .20% or more, causing bodily injury or death to more than one victim, and inflicting great bodily injury, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Prosecutors contend that on March 29 around 11:30 p.m., an intoxicated Juarez was driving her Mitsubishi Eclipse southbound on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Irvine, just north of the Sand Canyon Avenue exit.
Juarez reportedly was speeding and swerved into another lane, colliding into the passenger side of a Nissan Sentra driven by Joelle Friedlander, 21, according to prosecutors.