Jean Chizer-Williams, driver in City Heights fatal bus bench crash, pleads guilty

Crash killed Vanessa Mae Shane, injured 2 others

SAN DIEGO - A 73-year-old diabetic woman whose PT Cruiser crashed into a bus stop shelter in City Heights, killing a woman and seriously injuring her 4-year-old son and his father, pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter Friday.

Jean Chizer-Williams faces up anyone from probation up to eight years in prison stemming from the crash on June 4, 2011, according to the judge. She also pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

Sentencing will be in early March.

Chizer-Williams was driving even though her license had been suspended because of her medical condition, and her blood-sugar level was extremely low at the time of the crash, according to Deputy District Attorney John Pro.

Chizer-Williams was driving about 35 mph when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the bus shelter in the 4800 block of University Avenue, killing 25-year-old Vanessa Mae Shane, the prosecutor said.

Shane's 4-year-old son, Elijah, and her boyfriend, David Abilez, the boy's father, suffered serious injuries. The boy and his father had multiple broken bones and the child had shards of glass stuck in his liver, Pro said.

Chizer-Williams had been involved in three prior non-injury collisions since 2006 due to the same set of circumstances, according to Pro, who said the defendant has had her driver's license suspended three times.

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