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Driver Charged With Murder in Crash That Killed Las Vegas Teens

A California woman accused of driving drunk and killing three Las Vegas teenagers has been charged with murder.

Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente, California, was initially arrested on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter shortly after the March 29 crash. On Sunday, police again arrested Duarte, but this time on three counts of murder.

Duarte was booked Sunday into the Huntington Beach City Jail on $5 million bail, police said. She is scheduled to appear in Orange County court Thursday.

The March crash happened about 1 a.m. on the famous coastal highway. Evidence and witnesses at the scene suggest Duarte rear-ended the teens’ car at a red light, causing it to spin, strike a pole and catch fire. One of the four teens was able to escape with severe injuries, but the others — Dylan Mack, A.J. Rossi and Brooke Hawley — all died at the scene.

This is an absolutely horrible tragedy, and no amount of money or jail time will ever make up for what was lost in this incident. But this is a harsh reminder that you must protect yourself and your loved ones from the negligent and downright dangerous drivers out there on our roadways.

One way to protect yourself and your family is to have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. This is coverage that protects you when the at-fault driver either has no insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover all the bodily injury damages.

An added benefit of Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is that it applies to you, anyone in the car with you, and any family members living in the household who are injured in an accident. And you don't even have to be in a car for this coverage to apply – it also covers you and any family members if injured in an accident as a pedestrian, which includes activities like riding a bicycle. Lastly, this insurance follows you to any vehicle you and your family occupy, including rental car or the cars of friends, families, and co-workers.

If you have been injured, call Battle Born Injury Lawyers at 702.570.9000.