Woman accused of killing man in Perris DUI crash arraigned

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A woman accused of running over and killing a 53-year-old pedestrian while driving under the influence in Perris pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder. Lizbet Diaz, who also is charged with probation violations, was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Eric Keen, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Jan. 31 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The 27-year-old Riverside resident, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, is charged with fatally injuring Rogelio Merlan of Moreno Valley about 7 p.m. on Nov. 9. According to sheriff's Sgt. Orlando Castaneda, Diaz was allegedly speeding eastbound in her sedan on San Jacinto Avenue when she veered to the right, hitting two parked veh
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