California woman enters plea in crash that killed 3 teens
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty to murder and DUI charges stemming from a fiery crash that killed three Las Vegas teenagers on a spring break trip in Southern California.
Investigators say the teens were stopped at a red light on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach on March 29 when a car driven by Bani Duarte rear-ended them. The teenagers’ Toyota burst into flames.
City News Service reports the 27-year-old Duarte pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of murder as well as driving under the influence. Her bail was set at $4 million.
Killed in the crash were 17-year-old Brooke Hawley, 18-year-old Dylan Mack and 17-year-old Albert Rossi, all of Las Vegas. Another teenage boy was critically injured.