Lancaster Principal Pleads Not Guilty in Deadly Alleged DUI Crash - NBC Southern California

Lancaster Principal Pleads Not Guilty in Deadly Alleged DUI Crash

Mary Noel Kruppe is being held in lieu of $2 million bail on a murder charge stemming from the death of 29-year-old Lancaster resident.

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    A Lancaster woman was killed in a head-on crash with a suspected DUI driver on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

    An elementary school principal pleaded not guilty Monday to driving drunk and killing a woman in a head-on crash in Palmdale.

    Mary Noel Kruppe, 36, of Pearblossom is being held in lieu of $2 million bail on a murder charge stemming from the death of 29-year-old Lancaster resident Jessica Ordaz on Nov 15. Kruppe was ordered to return to court on June 3, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

    Kruppe was behind the wheel of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler that was traveling southbound on 50th Street East, north of Avenue P, when it veered left into oncoming traffic at about 6:50 p.m. that day and collided head-on with a 2010 Mazda driven by Ordaz, authorities said.

    Ordaz was pronounced dead at the scene, and Kruppe, a principal at Enterprise Elementary School in Lancaster, was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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    An elementary school principal faces charges in a deadly suspected DUI crash. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov.16, 2018.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    If convicted as charged, Kruppe could face up to 15 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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