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Calista Annette Garcia Carmel woman sentenced 13 years for vehicular manslaughter

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A 25-year-old Carmel woman was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for a vehicular manslaughter case in Monterey County in 2011, prosecutors said Thursday. Calista Annette Garcia was driving a vehicle while high on methamphetamine on Jan. 19, 2011, when she was involved in a collision that killed one person and seriously injured another, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

At about 8:30 a.m. on the day of the collision, James Richard Steinmetz and his fiance Leisa Weddle were traveling in Steinmetz’s car on state Highway 1 near Point Lobos. Garcia was traveling in her car in the opposite direction when she crossed over the double-yellow divider and struck the other car, killing Steinmetz and seriously injuring Weddle, prosecutors said.

A blood test confirmed that Garcia was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash and investigators also determined she was driving while her license was suspended for a prior DUI conviction just a year earlier, prosecutors said. Garcia’s driving record also included alcohol-related reckless driving, traveling at speeds above 100 mph and numerous traffic violations, according to the district attorney’s office.

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