El Cajon woman accused in fatal DUI crash found guilty of vehicular manslaughter

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wednesday 4:15 p.m. – A woman who was under the effect of methadone when she crashed her car into a power pole in El Cajon, killing her 3-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her two other children, was convicted Wednesday of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs, child abuse and possession of methamphetamine.

Brandy Teague, 32, faces more than 16 years in prison when she is sentenced April 14.

 Tuesday – Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the trial of Brandy Teague, who is accused of driving under the influence of methadone and crashing into a power pole in El Cajon, killing her 3-year-old daughter and seriously injuring two other children.

4/11/2015 – An El Cajon mother faces 23 years in prison if convicted in a deadly crash.

Prosecutors said Brandy Teague was on drugs when she crashed her car into a pole Saturday night.

The crash killed her young daughter and seriously injured her two other children.

At the foot of a beat-up telephone pole along Broadway is a picture of a princess. She is 3-year-old Carlee Ramirez who was killed last Saturday night in a most tragic event.

Police said her mother, 31-year-old Brandy Teague, was high on drugs when she crashed into the telephone pole as she drove down Broadway with her three kids in the car.

Officers said Teague probably fell asleep behind the wheel resulting in a violent crash that claimed the life of Carlee and left her two brothers with serious injuries.

Police said they found methamphetamine on Teague and that she was driving on a suspended license.

It is unknown if Teague will be allowed to attend Carlee’s funeral, but what is known is this: the incredible regret, the incredible guilt, the incredible pain this mother is experiencing faced with the brutal reality her alleged drug use resulted in the death of a daughter and the near death of two other children.

At the site of the telephone pole in El Cajon, there is a handwritten note left for a princess says: ‘Carlee, may you and your life be a peace, may our Father in Heaven wrap your arms around you and your family.’

Teague’s bail was increased from $600,000 dollars to $1 million because the judge considers her a flight risk.

4/10/2015 – The woman accused of being on drugs when she crashed her compact car into a power pole, killing her three-year-old daughter, seriously injured two other children, pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $1 million.

Brandy Teague, 31, may have fallen asleep moments before her 2010 Hyundai Accent veered off Broadway between First and Second streets last Saturday, according to police.

Her two other children, ages two and ten, were seriously hurt and taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.

She faces more than 23 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter, DUI with injury, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and methamphetamine possession, according to police.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.

4/9/2015 – A 31-year-old woman accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter and injuring two other children while driving her vehicle under the influence of drugs had her arraignment postponed Thursday.

Brandy Teague, according to authorities, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI with injury and methamphetamine possession, among other charges. She faces more than 23 years if she is convicted on all counts.

Police believe that teague may have fallen asleep at the wheel of her vehicle Saturday night, when it went off the road and crashed into a power pole on Broadway between First and Second Street. The three children in the car – all Teague’s and ranging in age from 2 to 10 years old – were taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, where the 3-year-old middle child succumbed to her injuries.

Arraignment has been rescheduled for Friday, but it was uncertain if Teague would actually be brought to court.

4/8/2915 – The mother accused of driving under the influence of drugs and crashing into a power pole that left her three-year-old daughter dead, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and other counts.

The car crash also left two other children seriously injured.

Brandy Teague’s was expected to have been arraigned Wednesday, but her hearing was postponed until Wednesday, in El Cajon.

Teague is charged with DUI with injury, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and methamphetamine possession.

According to prosecutors, she face more than 23 years in prison if convicted.

4/6/2015 – A mother was arrested on Sunday after her small sedan hit a power pole, and her three-year-old girl was killed. She is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, and faces gross vehicular manslaughter chargers.

Brandy Teague’s, 31, small sedan went off off Broadway between First and Second streets, in central El Cajon, after she’s believed to have fallen asleep.

She was driving a 2010 Hyundai Accent left the straight roadway, struck the south curb then hit the pole.

"The driver may have fallen asleep behind the wheel before the (crash)occurred,” Lt. R. Soulard said.

According to police, three children, ages 2, 3 and 10, were badly hurt and taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.

"The 3-year-old passenger was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries shortly after arrival,” Soulard said. "The other two children were admitted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

"The driver complained of pain and was taken to Sharp Hospital,”Soulard said.

Teague was driving on a suspended license, according to Soulard.

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