LANCASTER – The girlfriend of Eduardo Medrano Jr. — the Lancaster man charged in the DUI hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of 11-year-old Emily Tovar Echeverria — has been charged with helping him elude authorities, authorities announced Wednesday.
Alicia Torres, 23, is charged with one count of accessory after the fact, knowledge of crime, according to a news release by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The case stems from a crash that occurred just after midnight on July 18 at 20th Street East and Lancaster Boulevard.
Medrano, 25, allegedly drove his vehicle through a red light on 20th Street East and collided with another vehicle, causing Emily Tovar Echeverria to be ejected from the other vehicle, prosecutors said.
Medrano was “positively identified by multiple witnesses and (was) seen fleeing the scene,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.
Emily was airlifted to a hospital, where she died about 11 a.m. July 20 surrounded by her family.
Torres allegedly helped Medrano hide from police until his arrest on July 21, prosecutors added.
Medrano pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Aug. 22, to one count each of murder, hit-and-run driving resulting in death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter.
The criminal complaint alleges that Medrano was convicted of first-degree residential burglaries in 2010 and in 2012, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Medrano remains jailed with bail set at $2.5 million
Torres pleaded not guilty on July 27, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She was released Aug. 19 after posting bail, according to LASD inmate records.
Both Medrano and Torres are due back in a Lancaster courtroom Sept. 1 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, Medrano faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison and Torres faces three years in prison.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.
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