Driver Accused of Killing Dog-Walking Couple Faces Felony Charge

SAN MATEO – A woman accused of driving drunk when she struck and killed a Bay Area couple in October has made her first court appearance after numerous postponements.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the 54-year-old Marjorie Reitzell was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges including gross vehicular manslaughter. She did not enter a plea.

Prosecutors say Reitzell, a Redwood City resident, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the limit when she struck Kamal Singh, 45, and Balbir Singh, 50, on Oct. 24 as the couple walked their dog.

The arraignment was postponed several times until jail medical staff could give her a medical clearance to appear. Outside of court Tuesday, her brother Ronald Reitzell said she has been battling pneumonia.

Marjorie Reitzell is being held on $2 million bail.

(Copyright 2013, Associated Press, All rights reserved.)

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