OGDEN -- A 25-year-old woman police say was intoxicated when she caused a fatal automobile accident Sept. 1 has been charged with felony automobile homicide.
According to police, Chelsey Lauran Raffield was driving south on Adams Avenue, at about 2:30 a.m., when she hit the driver's side of another car, at the 30th Street intersection. The driver of the other car, Elsa Alonso, 22, of Ogden, died at the scene.
Witnesses told police at the time that Raffield was going about 80 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone and went through a stop sign. Preliminary reports indicated that Raffield allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of four times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Ogden Police Lt. Chad Ledford told the Standard-Examiner at the time that it was a senseless accident that could have been easily avoided.
"It's sad. Two young women whose lives are changed forever," he said. "One is deceased. The other will never be the same after this. They both had their whole lives ahead of them and this is the end result."
Following the accident, Raffield was treated at the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. Police did not release her name at the time, instead waiting for formal charges to be filed.
Raffield was charged Tuesday in 2nd District Court in Ogden with a second-degree felony count of criminal automobile homicide, a class B misdemeanor count of reckless driving and a class B count of alcohol restricted driver. If convicted of the automobile homicide charge, Raffield faces up to 15 years in prison.
It is not the first time Raffield has been accused of driving while intoxicated, according to court documents. Raffield pleaded guilty in 2012 to DUI, in a separate incident. She has also pleaded guilty to several traffic offenses, including going 91 mph in a 75 mph zone and driving without insurance.
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