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Drunk driver charged with killing bicyclist in Newport Beach

March 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges Thursday against a drunk driver, for killing a bicyclist after driving into the bicycle lane while texting.

Danae Marie Miller, 22 from Newport Coast, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

On Feb. 21, Miller is accused of consuming alcohol at her workplace, Zinc Café. At approximately 6 p.m., Miller is accused of driving her car on San Joaquin Hills Road. At the same time, 41-year-old Amine Britel was riding his bicycle in a marked bicycle lane. Miller is accused of repeatedly text messaging on her cell phone while driving into the bicycle lane, hitting Britel from behind.

Witnesses and Miller called 911. Britel died at the scene. Miller is accused of having a blood alcohol content of .10 percent.

Miller is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned April 4. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.