Jessica Allred found guilty of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — A San Luis Obispo County jury found Jessica Lea Allred, 25, guilty on July 5 of three felonies stemming from an automobile collision that resulted in the death of Denise Lyn Fox. Allred was driving intoxicated from Pozo toward Santa Margarita on April 30, 2016.

The jury found Allred guilty of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, in violation of Vehicle Code sections, all felonies. The jury also found that Allred personally inflicted great bodily injury on Fox. The verdict came after an eight-day trial, and half-day of deliberation.

On April 30, 2016, at approximately 6 p.m. Allred drove on State Route 58 from Pozo toward San Luis Obispo after leaving the Pozo Stampede. Witnesses described her driving in an unsafe manner. Near Santa Margarita, Allred’s white Saturn crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic, colliding with the car of Fox. Fox succumbed to her injuries on the scene. Allred was also injured in the collision and taken to Sierra Vista Hospital. The California Highway Patrol responded and determined, through the administration of field sobriety exercises, that Allred was under the influence of alcohol. A forensic alcohol test revealed Allred had a blood alcohol level of .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

“This is a tragic, yet very real, example of what can occur when an individual drives under the influence of alcohol. The District Attorney’s Office stands shoulder to shoulder with the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement in aggressively prosecuting these criminal offenses.  We are hopeful that this conviction will provide some level of justice for the family and friends of Ms. Fox, and will serve as a deterrent for those who would otherwise engage in similar conduct,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.

The sentencing for Allred is scheduled for July 30, in Department 7 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Judge Craig van Rooyen presiding. Allred was remanded to the custody of the San Luis Obipso County Sheriff's Office pending sentencing. The case was investigated by the Templeton Area Division of the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chase Martin.

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