8:43 pm

  Local News
  State / National / World
  Opinion / Letters
  Arts / Entertainment
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  DJ Designers
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
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.



Tags: reitzell, court, their, conviction, couple, before,

Other stories from today:


Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
Return To Archives

Daily Journal Quick Poll
Who will win the World Series this year?

The Cardinals
The Cubs
The Rangers
The Astros
The Mets
The Dodgers
The Blue Jays
The Royals


California governor OKs medical marijuana regulations
SAN FRANCISCO — A trio of bills aimed at bringing order and oversight to California’s medical ma..
Pressure builds on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker
WASHINGTON — The pressure is on Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2012, to run ..
Mideast unrest spreads to Gaza as stabbing attacks continue
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza borde..
Suspects in California yoga teacher's death tied to 2nd killing
SAN FRANCISCO — Three young drifters suspected in the shooting death of a tantra yoga teacher in M..
More >>  

©2015 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County advertising