No Plea for Accused Twin Peaks Fatal Hit and Run Driver

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:11:39 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) --  A woman accused of striking several pedestrians, killing one, near  the Twin Peaks lookout point last week made her initial appearance in San  Francisco Superior Court Wednesday to face vehicular manslaughter, DUI and  hit-and-run charges.

      Gina Eunice, 23, did not enter a plea and will return to  court on Monday for allegedly fatally striking 56-year-old Chinese citizen  Yuee Yao at about 8:50 p.m. last Thursday on Christmas Tree Point Road near  Twin Peaks.

      Eunice is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while  intoxicated, two counts of DUI causing injury and one count of hit-and-run,  all felonies. She is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering  the health of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

      Police said Eunice's sedan struck Yao and two other victims,  knocking them off the roadway and down a hillside. The victims were taken to  a hospital, where Yao died. The other pedestrians' injuries were not  life-threatening.

      Police found the sedan in the lookout point parking lot and took  Eunice into custody. Officers also arrested two men, ages 22 and 25, on  suspicion of public drunkenness.

      A 17-year-old girl in the car suffered minor injuries and was  taken to San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

      Eunice, who remains in custody, was ordered held on $2 million  bail by Judge Samuel Feng. If she posts bail, she must wear a device that  confirms she is not drinking, and will not be allowed to drive, Feng said.

      Her defense attorney Pam Herzig said outside of court that Eunice  and her family are "destroyed by what happened."

      Several people came to support Eunice but  declined to speak to reporters outside of court.

      Herzig said Eunice "has never been in trouble before" and was a  quarter away from graduating college and had plans to become a police  officer.

      District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement, "The  defendant's reckless and callous behavior has cost Ms. Yao her life. Her life  has abruptly and tragically been taken away from her family. This is yet  another tragedy that illustrates the consequences of drinking and driving."

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