Grass Valley woman faces murder charge after ATV wreck |

Grass Valley woman faces murder charge after ATV wreck

A Grass Valley woman faces a murder charge after the ATV she was driving overturned, ejecting its occupants and landing on top of 31-year-old Antonette Thevenin, the California Highway Patrol said.

Carlee Marie D'Arata, 28, is charged with murder and DUI. She remained in the Nevada County Jail on Sunday without bond, records state.

D'Arata's charges stem from a one-vehicle wreck that happened around 6:45 p.m. Saturday, CHP Officer Greg Tassone said.

D'Arata was at her home having a party with several others when a group decided to go for a ride on a 2007 four-seat Yahama Rhino. D'Arata, who was driving with an unknown number of passengers, lost control of the ATV on Old Coach Way, near Lower Colfax Road, Tassone said.

The wreck ejected Thevenin, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, and others from the vehicle, he added.

"It overturned on top of the victim," the officer said.

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According to Tassone, D'Arata and others fled the area. Bystanders, talking to dispatchers by phone, administered aid to Thevenin before first-responders arrived. Thevenin then was flown by helicopter to a Roseville trauma center, where she died after 8 p.m. Saturday.

CHP officers found D'Arata at her home, Tassone said.

"She was determined to be significantly impaired from alcohol at the time of the collision," a CHP release states. "CHP officers also determined she has a prior DUI conviction."

CHP said the wreck remains under investigation, and that more people could be charged.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

Note: This story has been updated with additional information.

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