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Preliminary Hearing Set for Woman Accused of Plowing Down Student

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

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a woman accused of driving under the influence when she , according to court records.

Marnie Jo Lippincott, 38, is scheduled to return to court Friday, April 13 for a preliminary hearing. In December she pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of driving under the influence causing bodily injury, with a sentencing enhancement for causing brain injury. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license. Lippincott remains out of jail on a $100,000 bond, but if convicted she faces eight years in prison.

Prosecutors say Lippincott was high on drugs and booze at the time of the , which left with head trauma, internal bleeding and brain swelling. Doctors later induced a coma. Court records show Lippincott has a string of convictions on charges ranging from burglary to obtaining prescriptions through fraud.

Last week city workers at the school's crosswalk at Irvine Avenue and Margaret Drive where was critically injured last year. She is currently going through physical therapy at a Costa Mesa rehabilitation center.

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