A Costa Mesa woman has been charged with driving under the influence and causing injury after she allegedly hit a pedestrian. The pedestrian, 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School student Crystal Morales, was crossing a crosswalk shortly after 2:45pm when she was struck. The high school student was taken to a local hospital where doctors induced a coma so that Morales could recover from internal bleeding, brain swelling, head trauma and other internal injuries.
The 38-year-old driver Marie Lippincott, a fellow classmate’s mother, was driving a Chevy Tahoe northbound on Irvine Ave. when the accident occurred. An officer arrested Lippincott and is currently being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Records show that in 2005, Lippincott pleaded guilty to theft, burglary and obtaining prescription drugs by fraud.
If you are involved in a driving under the influence accident or are arrested for a DUI in Orange County, contact leading Orange County DUI attorney Staycie R. Sena as soon as possible.Whether this is your first time DUI offense or you are considered a multiple DUI offender, Orange County DUI Lawyer Staycie R. Sena is here for you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. We will answer any questions you may have, discuss the details of your case and provide you with a free case consultation. Call us today at 949-477-8088.