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Woman accused of driving high on pot, killing bicyclist enters plea

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A Fresno woman who is accused of driving while under the influence of
marijuana and killing a bicyclist pleaded not guilty in Fresno County
Superior Court on Monday. Korina Aimee Machuca, 23, is charged with
two felonies: gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated and driving
under the influence of a drug while intoxicated. Machuca was arrested
on Oct. 22 by the California Highway Patrol after she allegedly
struck bicyclist David Garcia, 69, on Cherry Avenue south of North
Avenue at about 9 p.m. Garcia was traveling
northbound in front of Machuca’s Altima when he was struck from
behind by Machuca, according to a CHP report. He died at the scene.
After the impact, the Altima veered off the roadway and struck a
chain link fence. A CHP officer reported detecting the smell of
marijuana from Machuca’s car after the crash. $2 for 2 months
Prosecuting the case is Steven Ueltzen. Mark Coleman,
Machuca’s lawyer, said an initial blood test showed Machuca had
marijuana in her system but he said it had already metabolized in her
system. “It was not affecting her at the time,” Coleman said. “It is
a difficult issue because I don’t think there is a consensus on how
much is too much.” At the time of the crash, Machuca was working at a
packaging delivery warehouse. If she is found guilty on all charges,
she faces more than 10 years in prison. Her next court appearance is
Dec. 15 in Department 30. Today’s top headlines Sign up for the
Machuca remains out of custody
after posting a $125,500 bond.

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