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Driver in Fatal Newport Beach Bicycle Crash Had 15 Prior Citations

Posted on Mar 01, 2011

A Newport Beach driver who was arrested last month for the drunk driving death of bicyclist Amine Britel has a long record of reckless driving citations.
Twenty-two-year-old Danae Marie Miller was traveling east bound on San Joaquin Hills Road near Spyglass Road when she hit the 41-year-old cyclist with her Volkswagen Jetta at about 6:00pm on Monday, February 21, 2011.  Britel was killed at the scene of the Newport Beach bicycle car crash.
Court records show that in the past 5 years, Miller has received 15 traffic citations.  In Orange County, a driver's license can be suspended if a driver accumulates 4 points on his or her record in 12 months, 6 in 24 months, or 8 in 36.  However, attending traffic school can erase those points and allow a driver to retain his or her license.  Miller went to traffic school so the 8 points that she accumulated between 2005 and 2008 were not be recorded. Her tickets included: speeding or driving too fast for conditions, driving the wrong way on a street, failure to stop at a stop sign, and talking on her cellphone while driving.  Miller had no prior drunk driving convictions.
Miller was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and released on bail.
Britel's death is the fourth cyclist death from a Newport Beach traffic accident in two years.

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