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Still No Charges Filed In Fatal ATV Crash

Still no charges filed against a Grass Valley woman arrested for second-degree murder last month for a DUI hit-and-run ATV death. 28-year-old Carlee D’Arata was released four days after her arrest, which occurred the same night as the accident, pending a decision from the Nevada County District Attorney’s office. Newell says that decision is not likely until until sometime next week. He says releasing a murder suspect is fairly unusual, since most such arrests occur after an investigation has already been completed…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

Newell says normally D’Arata would not likely be facing a murder charge. But he says state law allows such a charge in a dui death, if the suspect has a prior dui conviction…

click to listen to Cliff Newell

Newell says he has been given assurances, through her attorney, that D’Arata will not leave the area and will cooperate in the case. D’Arata was driving the ATV on Old Coach Way, on April 15th, when she lost control, ejecting the victim, 31-year-old Antonette Thevenin. D’Arata fled the scene. Thevenin died later that night at the hospital.

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