Posted: Jul 17, 2012 8:50 PM by CJ, The Associated Press
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Santa Rosa woman is facing murder and reckless driving charges after authorities said she killed a motorist while trying to run down her ex-boyfriend on his motorcycle.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/O909JW ) that 28-year-old Heather Howell was charged Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Sonoma County Sheriff's investigators said Howell lost control of her car while pursuing her Harley-Davidson-riding boyfriend on Saturday after an argument.
Howell struck another car that in turn hit a vintage Triumph Spitfire being driven by 56-year-old Jesse Garcia, investigators said.
Garcia died at the scene after being trapped in the car.
Howell's attorney Steve Spiegelman said the crash was an accident, not murder.
Authorities have not released the boyfriend's name because is a potential domestic violence victim.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com
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