NORCO – A convicted DUI offender who was allegedly under the influence when her 2002 BMW fatally struck a motorcyclist was being held today in lieu of $1 million bail.
Genesis Raquel Velazquez, 27, of Jurupa Valley was arrested Monday night and booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence resulting in injuries.
Ava Reyes Halsey 42, of Barstow was killed in the collision, which occurred in the fast lane of northbound Interstate 15 in Norco about 9:45 p.m. Monday.
Halsey and a male motorcyclist, whose name was not released, had just passed the exit for Sixth Street when her 2012 Yamaha experienced mechanical difficulties, prompting her and her fellow rider to slow down in the fast lane, said California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas.
Velazquez approached from behind at an undetermined speed and ran into both bikes, ejecting Halsey into the adjacent traffic lane, Olivas said.
The male motorcyclist, who was not ejected from his motorcycle, came away largely unscathed and went to the aid of Halsey, who died less than an hour later at Corona Regional Medical Center.
Velazquez, who was not hurt, was taken into custody on the spot and was being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to court records, she has prior misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence and operating a motor vehicle without a license.