LANCASTER – Prosecutors Tuesday upgraded charges against an alleged drunk driver accused of causing a crash that killed a Lancaster woman and critically injured the woman’s husband.
Jodi Lyn Biers, 28, is now facing a murder charge for the collision on March 13 that killed Angelica Goins-Jones and put Patrick Jones in the hospital fighting for his life.
“I’m happy that they increased her charges,” the couple’s sister Nicole Jones said Tuesday. “Although nothing can bring Angie back or minimize what my brother is going through, I’m relieved that she is not going to just get a slap on the wrist.”
Biers appeared in court Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing before Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes, and was arraigned on the amended felony complaint.
Biers is now charged with one count of murder, one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving under the influence and causing injury, and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, according to court records.
Additionally, her bail was raised from $230,000 to $1 million.
Authorities said Biers was driving with a blood alcohol level of .226, nearly three times the legal limit, when her pickup truck collided with the couple’s vehicle around 12:54 a.m. on March 13, instantly killing Angelica and leaving Patrick clinging to life at Antelope Valley Hospital.
This week Patrick was removed from the hospital’s intensive care unit, said his sister.
“He is starting to do a little better and I think that he will recover from this,” Nicole Jones said. “It’s just going to take a very long time.”
Family members said they hope Biers is put away for a very long time as well.
“I want her to get punished,” Nicole Jones said.
“She needs to be prosecuted or else there will be no lesson learned about drinking and driving,” said close family friend Carolyn Guice.
Biers is due back in court on April 11 for a preliminary hearing.
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