Newport Beach – The arraignment of Danae Marie Miller has been continued until April 15 at Harbor Justice Center in Dept. 1.
Miller, 22 years old from Newport Coast, was charged March 10 with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated. She killed accomplished triathlete, Amine Britel, rear-ending him as she drove in the bike lane, while texting on her cell phone.
Twelfth time's the charm. Will she finally be off OC streets for a few years now that she's killed someone?
While legally innocent until proven guilty, Miller already has 11 moving violations on her record. Pretty amazing for a 22 year old. Why her parents hadn’t taken her car away from her is a reasonable question at this point– 11 citations is sort of a red flag, wouldn’t you say? The word “enabler” come to mind.
Miller was drinking at her place of work, Zinc Cafe, before she decided to get behind the wheel to engage her social media. Clearly the previous fist full of tickets taught her nothing. Now, as David Whiting noted in the OC Register, life as she knows it is over. Which puts her one up on Mr. Britel whose life is simply, over.
Miller’s out on bail now, $100,000 worth. Her charges were filed the day before another cyclist killer, Patricia Izquieta, was sent away for 3 years, handcuffed and pleading to her father, for the hit and run death of Donald Murphy in December, ’09.
The Orange County DA’s pursuit of manslaughter convictions in these cases put us one step closer to justice in a county where motorists who killed cyclists were often let off with a warning and victims were blamed for being “in the roadway.” What does a 3 year conviction, with half time off for good behavior, say about the value of cyclist’s life in Orange County? Do we respect the rights and lives of the thousands of OC cyclists when we allow spoiled 20-somethings to collect 11 citations and still motor around our roads?