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Driver Who Hit Girl in Crosswalk Was on Drugs and Booze, Prosecutor Says

Marnie Jo Lippincott could get 8 years in prison for accident that left 17-year-old Newport Harbor High girl in a medically induced coma.

The Costa Mesa driver who Tuesday was high on drugs and booze, prosecutors said Thursday.

Marnie Jo Lippincott, 38, faces eight years in prison on charges of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, with a sentencing enhancement for causing brain injury and paralysis, according to a press release from the District Attorney's office. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.

Lippincott was scheduled to enter her plea Thursday afternoon in Santa Ana, but the hearing was postponed to Dec. 21, according to City News Service. Bail was set at $100,000.

According to prosecutors, at approximately 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, Lippincott was driving her black Chevrolet Tahoe north on Irvine Avenue when she allegedly failed to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk at Margaret Drive and hit 17-year-old Crystal Morales, who was leaving school with two friends.

Morales was thrown several feet and suffered a brain injury. She was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana in critical condition and later placed in a medically induced coma.

Newport Beach police responded to the scene, gave a series of field sobriety tests to Lippincott, and found her unable to safely operate a motor vehicle, prosecutors said. She was also driving without a license, because it had previously been suspended by the DMV, the D.A. said.

Court records show Lippincott has a string of convictions on charges ranging from burglary to obtaining prescriptions through fraud.

Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting the case.

Tasha December 09, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Marnie was a cheerleader at Costa Mesa High School and attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in grade school and jr. high. I'm sad to have known her when she was full of promise and to see her do nothing with her life but get in trouble with the law. I feel horrible for her children. She better be going back to her roots and pray to God this poor girl doesn't die!
janet December 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM
WHY??????????? Stay home if ur a drug addict! Look @ the mess u made of an innocent child's life, u selfish loser! U do not have a right to life, ur a waste of air.....look @ what u did to ur own family.....LOOK with sober eyes. Shame on you. May GOD have mercy cause the jury won't!
Lisa B December 09, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I completely understand the anger posted here. I feel so for the student and for her family and continue to pray and hope for her continued recovery, but I also feel for the children of the accused. One of them attends Newport Harbor and I am sure he is in as much pain due to his mother's actions. It would only seem right that we reserve our venom in this forum out of respect for the kids, who by no choice of their own, are witness to this unbelievable and avoidable tragedy. Pray for them too!
Mn December 10, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Stop with your childish comments, who are you to judge, there are so many people affected by this accident, Marnie has childern that need support and love right now too, so the only loser is you. Grow Up!!
Mike December 13, 2011 at 04:15 AM
I pray daily for Crystal. Marni used to be a family friend for years. her kids played with mine, we went boating, our kids went to vacation bible school together ,it was just great. She had a surgery and everything changed forever. Her first husband begged the doctor to stop giving her so much Vicodin to no avail. Her life has been sinking ever since then. I wish i could find the doctor. Marni should, and will, be punished. i just wrote this to express that there was a very beautiful, kind person in her. Please pray for Crystal.
SWIPER March 05, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Trent and Marnie are both losers,check out the records theft,drugs,fraud If the state of California would of put these loser in jail and thrown away the key this terrible accident would of never of happened.Check out the interview The loser husband gaveand interview on TV how shocked he was about his wife, he was higher than a kite watch it
SWIPER March 05, 2012 at 02:32 AM
THIS IS FOR YOU MN, THEY ALREADY HAVE LEFT TOTALL DESTRUCTION WHEREVER THEY LIVED,WORKED, VISITED IT JUST DOESN`T MATTER TO THESE SOCIALPATHS. AND THATS NOT BEING CHILDISH THATS THE TRUTH LOOK IT UP OCSD.ORG. I HOPE AND PRAY CRYSTAL IS GOING TO BE OK. PLEASE PUT MARNIE AWAY FOR EVER AND THEN GO AFTER THE LOSER HUSBAND TRENT
Trent1020 June 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Hey swiped you don't know the first fucking thing about any of this ,I wasn't high when I gave the interview and you know what it's none of your business if I was I wasn't driving or anything else so why don't you stay out of things you don't know anything about. I've had seven or eight surgeries and have severe nerv damage to 90 %of my body and my wife didn't have any of my mess in her system so fuck off and yeah I've made mistakes haven't you so until you are god or perfect shut up
Ashley December 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
your the only fucking loser for replying. your a waste of air. shut the fuck up janet. who in the hell do oyu think oyu are to fucking tell someone that. ur a fucking bitch and whore. deal wiht your own life and stop commenting on others you low life selfish bitch. get hte fuck off the internet get a job other than the street and do something than try to ruin others lifes. mkay?
Ashley December 07, 2012 at 10:38 PM
who the fuck do you think you are u low life selfish bitch. shut the fuck up and get a job. stop commenting on other peoples lives you whore. got offte internet get a job other than working the streets and do something bitch. ya JANET this is for you. this is for all of you low life bitches with no ficking understanding od the word kindness. dont feucking tell someone they are a waste of air and that the should fucking die. you are a waste of air and YOU should go fucking die you bitch
Chelsey Peterson January 05, 2013 at 11:31 PM
JUST THINK EVERYONE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT CRYSTAL'S MOM (GLORIA MORALES) JUST GOT OFF PROBATION HERSELF FOR A DUI! OH HELLO GLORIA, I KNOW TWO WRONGS DO DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT, BUT SHAME ON YOU FOR PORTRAYING YOURSELF AS MISS PERFECT PANTS IN COURT! I WAS THERE! YOU HAVE NOT HEARD THE LAST FROM ME , THIS I PROMISE. YOUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRET IS OUT!

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