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DUI driver in court for killing couple
October 30, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Marjorie Reitzell

A 54-year-old driver accused of fatally slamming into a Menlo Park couple walking their dog and another vehicle carrying four teenagers once again side-stepped appearing in court for the collision that also injured the victims’ dog and orphaned their three teenage children.

Marjorie Reitzell, of Redwood City, was first due in court Monday afternoon but required medical care after complaining of chest pains. The same was true yesterday so she is now coming back to court today, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Reitzell will be charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of driving while under the influence causing injury. Reitzell, who is on probation for a separate driving while under the influence misdemeanor conviction last November, asked for a court-appointed attorney and put off a plea until her next court appearance.

Reitzell is accused of killing Balbir and Kamal Singh just before 7 p.m. Oct. 24 as they walked their dog on Chilco Street. Reitzell, who is on probation for a 2012 DUI conviction, reportedly struck the couple from behind before going over a center divider and hitting the second car head-on before coming to rest against a tree. The couple died at the scene and their Chihuahua was injured but survived. He was treated at the Peninsula Humane Society.

Prosecutors have not released a specific blood alcohol level for Reitzell but said it was “significantly more than twice the legal limit.” She had been drinking heavily all day, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to the DUI conviction, Reitzell also has previous drug-related convictions.

She remains in custody on $2 million bail.

 

 

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