Vacationing Italian pleads guilty in death of motorcyclist
“Woman admits she made unsafe left turn in front of man riding his Harley-Davidson.”
An Italian woman who was vacationing in Orange County last month when she caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist by making an unsafe left turn pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Marlies Mussner, 24, of St. Christina, Italy, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, 250 hours of community service, and ordered to make a $1,000 charitable donation to the Dana Watkins Memorial Fund, a charity established by the mother of a man killed in a motorcycle crash to help families pay the funeral costs for their deceased children.
Mussner was on vacation in Orange County on June 26 when she made an unsafe left turn on a green light on Garfield Avenue in Huntington Beach in a rented Dodge Caliber in front of oncoming traffic.
Mark Montgomery, 59, was unable to stop his Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed into the right front portion of the Dodge. He was thrown from the motorcycle and died about 30 minutes later at Huntington Beach Hospital from blunt force trauma.
Alcohol was not involved in the 5:20 p.m. crash, said Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez.
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