A trial is set to begin Wednesday for a Hemet woman accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed two adults and a child in June 2009.
Victora Samantha Cook will be at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on three counts of vehicular manslaughter, with great bodily injury and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
Cook, 25, could face more than 30 years in state prison if convicted in the deaths of Christine Emily Giambra, 72, of Fountain Valley; Cedric Twayne Page, 37, of Murrieta; and Zaria Williams, 11, of San Jacinto.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Cook’s reckless driving caused the June 2, 2009, chain-reaction crash that killed the victims.
The defendant was allegedly speeding east along state Route 74, near Four Seasons Boulevard in Homeland, when she made several unsafe lane changes, clipping one vehicle and causing other motorists to swerve, according to the CHP.
Page was driving an Audi with Zaria in the front passenger seat and swerved into opposing traffic, colliding head-on with a Mitsubishi driven by Giambra, investigators said.
Another driver, trying to avoid the accident, also hit Page’s vehicle.
Three people suffered serious injuries in the pile-up, according to the CHP.
Cook remained at the scene, but denied having anything to do with causing the wrecks.
However, after a nearly yearlong investigation, the CHP sought charges against Cook. One key piece of evidence was a clip from a video surveillance camera mounted outside an AM/PM store along the highway that allegedly showed Cook driving recklessly, according to the CHP.