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Woman charged in suspected DUI crash that killed two pedestrians in National City

A driver accused of plowing into a 15-year-old girl and her stepfather in National City, killing both, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Tayishe Ann Baltys’ preliminary alcohol screening indicated a blood-alcohol content of .16 percent after the deadly crash, Deputy District Attorney Blair Pickus said during Baltys arraignment in Chula Vista Superior Court. The legal limit for driving in California is .08 percent.

Baltys, 43, was heading west on East Plaza Boulevard west of Harbison Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday when her 2020 Toyota Prius struck the teenager and the 39-year-old man, National City police said.

The two were walking home from 7-Eleven, where they’d gone to get snacks, when they were struck, said National City police Sgt. Kenneth Springer.

The girl died at the scene, Springer said. Her stepfather died at a hospital shortly thereafter.

Pickus said in court Friday that upon seeing the defendant’s vehicle barreling towards them, the stepfather unsuccessfully tried to push his stepdaughter out of the way. The impact threw both victims about 100 feet from the intersection, the prosecutor said.

Baltys, who appeared in court remotely from the Las Colinas jail, will be held without bail pending a July 7 bail review hearing.

According to Pickus, Baltys was previously charged with DUI for a Jan. 29, 2020, incident that also involved alcohol. She pleaded guilty to a lesser offense known as a “wet reckless” and was sentenced to one year of probation. Pickus said she completed probation about three weeks prior to the fatal crash.

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