Menlo Park: Hearing delayed in fatal DUI case


A preliminary hearing for a woman accused of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence has been delayed until March 27.

Marjorie Reitzell pleaded not guilty in November to charges related to the deaths of a Menlo Park couple with three teenage children. Balbir Singh, 50, and Kamal Kaur Singh, 45, were walking their dog along Chilco Street during the early evening of Oct. 24 when they were hit from behind by a Honda driven by the defendant, according to the police report. A preliminary screen showed that her blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the crash, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Convicted of a misdemeanor DUI in November 2012, she had a valid driver's license at the time of the fatal collision, according to law enforcement officials.

A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for January was delayed due to the defense attorney's anticipated involvement in a murder trial during the next two months. Ms. Reitzell remains in custody on $2 million bail.


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Posted by East of 101
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I know the Singh's and their kids. God bless that family. I feel for the kids becuase their parent provided everything. House, Food, Clothes, all the esentials. The Singh's were hardworking and proud of their family very private. I wish the kids nothing but strenght and spiritual guidence.It's so easy to comment and give our thoughts but what else can one do. I or no one else can replace their parents.

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