A Clovis woman who killed one man and injured several others in May while driving drunk pleaded guilty to all counts against her in Madera County Superior Court on Friday.
Candice Ooley, 23, was pregnant and reportedly had a fight with her boyfriend just before she got behind the wheel on May 20.
She previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury.
The plea change was not the result of a plea deal, Madera County Deputy District Attorney Benjamin Levy said. She will face up to 13 years and six months in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 5. She remains in custody at Madera County Jail.
Levy said Ooley did not address the court. She only responded with yes or no answers when the judge reminded her of her right to trial and asked if she understood what she was doing.
Investigators believe Ooley may have passed out behind the wheel when the crash happened on Highway 41 north of Road 200.
Ooley, who gave birth in July, had a 0.32 blood alcohol level – four times the legal limit of 0.08 – at the time of the 9:50 p.m. collision, said David Linn, Madera County district attorney.
“She had been home in Clovis and had a fight with her boyfriend,” Linn said. “She started driving and started drinking.”
Ooley was arrested by the California Highway Patrol after crashing her 2014 Chevrolet Cruze into the rear of a 2006 Hummer H3. The CHP report said the speed Ooley was driving isn’t known.
The Hummer’s driver, Mauricio Lourenco, 40, of Lemoore, lost control, went off the road and down an embankment. He was released from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
The crash killed Federico Duarte Nunez Silva, 47, of Lemoore and injured Juana Pineda, 40, and Louisa Pamplona, 48, both of Lemoore. The women were treated at Community Regional Medical Center and released.