75-year-old Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Leisure World Manslaughter

Seal Beach resident Dale Snyder Quinn is accused of driving drunk and killing an 86-year-old man on his electric scooter.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- A 75-year-old woman accused of driving drunk while hitting and killing an 86-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Dale Snyder Quinn of Seal Beach was charged in connection with a May 20 crash in Leisure World that took the life of resident Robert Dillon, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Quinn faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Deputy District Attorney Anna McIntire, who is prosecuting Quinn, said she feels confident about the case against Quinn.

“She had a very high blood alcohol level, and her driving was very dangerous because she paid zero attention to the warning signs on the road,” McIntire said.

Aside from entering her plea, Quinn didn’t say anything during Tuesday’s arraignment, said McIntire. The victim’s family members were not in court Tuesday, according to McIntire.

Quinn’s attorney could not be reached for comment.  

Quinn is accused of drinking before getting behind the wheel of her car and slamming into Dillon as he was crossing the street at St. Andrews Drive and Tam O'Shanter Road on his battery-operated scooter.

Dillon was pronounced dead eight days after the collision.

Quinn had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08, an hour after the crash, prosecutors allege.

Quinn is out of custody on $50,000 bail.

Jennifer November 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
She needs to go to jail. She killed someone because she was too damn drunk. Now this woman says she isn't guilty? Lock her up!!!!! She has no remorse for what she did. No remorse is a crime in itself!!!!!
mary collins finn November 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Pleading not guilty is a matter of form. It has no bearing on how remorseful she feels. You have to understand (though not condone of course) that even 30 years ago there was not the same awareness of the lethal consequences of drinking and driving. She is 75. I am not excusing her in the least, but I am not that shocked - for the same reason that I was really shocked to read recently that the highest incidence of new AIDS cases is now among seniors. Awareness is everything.
JAY BEACH November 22, 2012 at 01:29 AM
JAY BEACH November 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
like I said a capital offense
P. Cusinmano November 22, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I'm sorry, but to me it sounds very much like you are condeing this womans actions or "giving her a free pass". IMO she does not deserve one!


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