SLO woman facing manslaughter trial for crash after Pozo concert

A San Luis Obispo judge has ruled enough evidence exists for a 24-year-old woman to stand trial for causing a fatal crash while allegedly driving under the influence after a concert at the Pozo Saloon last year.

On April 30, 2016, Jessica Lea Allred allegedly crossed a double yellow line while driving on Highway 58 east of Santa Margarita following the Pozo Stampede concert. Allred’s car crashed head-on into the vehicle of Denise Fox, 56, of Santa Margarita. Fox was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deadly collision occurred nearly one year to the day after another fatal crash following the Pozo Stampede. On April 25, 2015, Donna Dean Magee, 56, of Templeton, lost control of her Toyota Tacoma and died after driving off the road and landing 25 feet below in a dry creek bed.

Following the 2016 crash, CHP officials recommended that prosecutors charge Allred with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury to another person and causing great bodily injury to another person. Allred is currently facing felony charges of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

While at the hospital after the crash, Allred was found to have a blood alcohol level of .17. Allred’s attorney disputes the reading, arguing the blood sample was mishandled.

Nonetheless, Judge Craig van Rooyen ruled on Wednesday that Allred’s case can go to trial.