Bail was set Tuesday at $2.75 million for the woman accused of leading CHP officers on a deadly high-speed chase that killed two women at a Boyle Heights taco truck, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.
Elba Jimenez, 37, of Upland appeared in court in Los Angeles, and was appointed a public defender, D.A. spokeswoman Jane Robison said. She will be arraigned July 12 on charges of murder, felony drunk driving and failure to yield to law enforcement.
The deaths of Marlene Alatorre, 19-year-old who was a new mother and a recent high school graduate, and Claudia Fernandez, 38, brought renewed focus to the ongoing toll of injuries and deaths caused by high-speed police chases.
More than 10,000 people have been injured in police pursuits since 2002 in California, and 321 injured, despite a state law aimed at reducing the number of pursuits and their danger, according to an NBC4 investigation published online on this week.