Bail raised for woman accused of DUI crash that killed teen in Taylorsville crosswalk
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah —
(KUTV) – The woman charged with driving under the influence and killing a teen in a Taylorsville crosswalk was re-arrested in court Friday morning and is now held on $500,000 bail.
Roxanna Molina previously posted $50,000 bail and was released from jail, but prosecutors argued new evidence in the case justified a 10-fold increase in bail.
Molina’s attorney, Lorenzo Miller, told Judge Mark S. Kouris the increased bail was unconstitutional, but Kouris ordered Molina to be arrested in the courtroom and held until a bail review hearing in January.
Molina is charged with manslaughter or, in the alternative, automobile homicide for the Nov. 22 crash at the intersection of 4200 South and Redwood Road. 19-year-old Robert Harsh had the right of way and was in the crosswalk when Molina’s Cadillac Escalade sped into the intersection and hit him, according charging documents.
Investigators determined Molina’s car was going between 83-94 miler-per-hour at the time she hit Harsh.
2News cameras were there when Unified Police arrested Molina several blocks south of where the crash occurred. Prosecutors said in court Friday that the only reason Molina stopped her car was because the engine failed and she could no longer drive it.
Harsh died at the scene. According to crash investigators, his body was thrown the length of a football field in the crash.
Lorenzo Miller insisted in court that Molina “wants her story told,” but did not elaborate what that means or what possible defense may be used in the case. Miller also said the district attorney’s office has not provided him with copies of the evidence so he can review it.
“When you look at this woman’s history, her lifestyle, her family that are present, she has absolutely no incentive to run, she will be at the court appearances,” Miller told Judge Kouris. “She is not going to flee this state or this court.”
Judge Kouris, however, ordered Molina to be held on the $500,000 bail and transferred the case to the third-district court in West Jordan. Molina is scheduled to be back in court on January 9th.
“Given her conduct during and after this event that involved a person’s death, that’s very distressing to me,” Judge Kouris said.