Woman Suspected of Killing 2 in Menlo Park DUI Crash Fails to Appear in Court

By Kris Sanchez
|  Monday, Oct 28, 2013  |  Updated 5:29 PM PDT
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A 54-year-old woman suspected of hitting and killing a couple in Menlo Park while driving drunk failed to appear in court Monday due to a medical issue, officials said. Kris Sanchez reports.

A 54-year-old woman suspected of hitting and killing a couple in Menlo Park while driving drunk failed to appear in court Monday due to a medical issue, officials said. Kris Sanchez reports.

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A 54-year-old woman suspected of hitting and killing a couple in Menlo Park while driving drunk failed to appear in court Monday due to a medical issue, officials said.

Marjorie Reitzell, who police said is a Redwood City resident, was scheduled to be arraigned on two charges of vehicular manslaughter. She also faces two felony counts of driving under the influence, causing injury for allegedly hitting another vehicle and injuring two teenagers inside.

Judge Jonathan Karesh put the matter over due to Reitzell's medical condition. Her brother, Ronald, told NBC Bay Area Reitzell has no idea what happened Thursday night and doesn't believe she killed anyone.

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He also said Reitzell is bipolar.

Court documents show more than 30 criminal cases against her in San Mateo County. Some of those cases include:

  • In 2012 she pleaded no contest to DUI
  • In 2006 she was ordered into rehab for possession of a controlled substance
  • In 2005 she was put on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia
  • In 2003 she was fined for driving without a license

Reitzell is suspected of killing Balbir and Kamal Singh as they walked their dog on Chilco Road Thursday.

She is scheduled to return to court Tuesday and is being held at the San Mateo County Jail on a $2 million bond.

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