Parents of Jennifer Bautista turn themselves in

Elizabeth and Wilmar Bautista

January 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The parents of a 19-year-old woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in the December death of another young woman in San Jose turned themselves in to authorities this afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista, ages 44 and 41, surrendered at the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department in San Jose at about 3 p.m. and were booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting their daughter, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said.

The daughter, Jennifer Bautista of Sunnyvale, faces one count of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the death of her ex-girlfriend 20-year-old Norma Leticia Martinez on Dec. 28. She has also been charged with one felony count of hit-and-run and one misdemeanor count of driving while unlicensed.

Martinez was found injured and bleeding in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea church at 1385 Michigan Ave. in the city's Alviso neighborhood. She had been struck by a vehicle and died hours later at Regional Medical Center, police said.

Jennifer Bautista was arrested in connection with the death, and police later issued warrants for the arrests of her parents. Thomas said Wilmar and Elizabeth Bautista had been uncooperative with investigators and delayed the investigation.

Jennifer Bautista is expected to enter a plea in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 1. If convicted on all charges, she faces a possible maximum sentence of seven years in prison.