Huntington Beach

Driver faces triple murder, DUI charges

A WOMAN will be in court Monday to face murder and DUI charges in connection with a triple fatal accident in Huntington Beach in March.

A woman arrested for drunk driving in a fiery triple fatal traffic incident in Huntington Beach in March was re-arrested Sunday afternoon on murder and drunk driving charges.

According to the HBPD, Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente was arrested in Downey around 1 p.m. She was taken into custody without incident on a $5 million warrant.

The March 29, 2018 incident took place at around 1 a.m. at Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia Street. Three teenagers were killed and a fourth severely injured.

Investigators determined that the driver of one car – Duarte – was operating her car under the influence. She posted bond and was released.

But investigators say they found evidence that she was intending to leave the country to avoid prosecution. The Orange County U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Orange County District Attorney’s office assisted the HBPD in the research.

Duarte was booked into the Huntington Beach Jail on murder and felony drunk driving charges and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday in the West Justice Center in Westminster.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call HBPD Accident Investigator Joshua Page at (714) 536-5670. During non-business hours, call (714) 960-8825.

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