Antioch mom charged in fatal 101 crash

May 19, 2008 8:25:28 AM PDT
An Antioch mother of three is facing the possibility of more than 16 years in prison after being charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Novato man.

Renita Surles is due in court for a plea hearing today after being charged Friday with charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run and other charges.

The charges against Surles come after 41-year-old Rodas Lopez was killed a little more than a week ago after he ran out of gas on Highway 101 in Marin County and was hit by a minivan.

About three hours after the crash, the 38-year-old Surles was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Pleasant Hill, where authorities say she registered a blood-alcohol level of .19 percent.

California Highway Patrol investigators later recovered a bumper from the minivan at the scene and traced it back to Surles.