Woman charged in death of biker
A Yuba City woman is facing felony manslaughter charges in the death of “Chicago Dave” and at 9 a.m., May 19, will be in Yuba County Superior Court in Marysville for a hearing.
Amanda D. Driggers, 18, was arrested March 10 by Yuba City police. She is charged in the death of David M. Beaver of North San Juan, who died in a highway wreck in a rural area of Yuba County on Sept. 4, 2005.
On March 13, Driggers pleaded innocent in Yuba County Superior Court to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one charging her with driving while intoxicated and the other with driving with gross negligence.
Driggers was released from the Yuba County Jail this week after Judge James Curry on Monday reduced her bail to $75,000. Janet Frye, legal assistant with the district attorney’s office, said court records were unclear as to the original amount of bail.
Beaver, 51, was riding his 1994 Harley-Davidson “Fatboy” on Willow Glen Road when Driggers allegedly came wide around a curve and hit him head-on, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol.
Beaver was on his way to a blues festival in the town of Brownsville when Driggers hit him and the truck behind him, which Beaver’s friend was driving.
“There were witness reports of her driving at a high rate of speed and being very impatient and trying to pass,” Officer Jeff Larson of the Yuba-Sutter CHP office said.
“Officers at the scene observed (Driggers with) signs and symptoms of an illegal substance, but not alcohol,” Larson added.
Driggers submitted to drug testing, but it took months for the laboratory report to come back and provide the evidence needed for the CHP to ask the district attorney to press charges, he added.
The toxicology report showed that Driggers was under the influence of an illegal drug. Larson said he could not reveal the specific drug because that information could prejudice the case against Driggers.
Beaver hailed from Chicago and came to be known as “Chicago Dave,” friends here said. Others described him as a hardworking, mellow man who loved women, his bike and rock’n’roll music.
“He was sweet as cherry pie,” said his friend Jan, who declined to give her last name.
To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4231.
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