UPDATE: 1 Person Dead in Suspected DUI Crash in Menifee

One victim was confirmed dead at the scene of a traffic accident reported around 12:30 p.m. at McCall Boulevard and Encanto Drive in Menifee. Two others were injured in the crash.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:20 p.m. with information from the Menifee Police Department.

One person was killed and two others were injured today in a crash in Menifee in which a mother is suspected of driving drunk.

The collision was reported around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Encanto Drive and McCall Boulevard, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Firefighters had to cut the victims out of the vehicle.

One victim—an 86-year-old Menifee woman—died at the scene, according to a sheriff's statement.

Another person was seriously injured and a third had minor injuries.

Menifee police responded to investigate the crash, learning that a Chevrolet sports utility vehicle had collided with a Saturn at the intersection of Encanto and McCall.

Two Menifee residents were in the Saturn, which was making a left turn from eastbound McCall to northbound Encanto, Menifee police Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez said in a news release.

The Saturn was struck by the SUV, which was traveling westbound on McCall, as the driver allegedly entered the intersection against a red light, Rodriguez said.

The police investigation revealed the driver of the SUV, Melissa Dean-Baumann, 37, of Fallbrook, had been distracted by her 3-year-old child who was in the back seat, Rodriguez said.

It was further determined that Dean-Baumann was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, the sergeant said.

Dean-Baumann was booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of felony DUI, manslaughter and felony child endangerment.

The name of the victim was being withheld until her next of kin was notified.

addy December 14, 2012 at 03:23 AM
This is horrific.. She MURDERED an innocent lady/wife/grandmother because she was a MORON... And she almost killed her kid. Shame on her. I hope she gets life in prison and then they take away her kid.
Alek J Hidell December 14, 2012 at 06:34 AM
another killer drunk...at noon? if I catch you? you'll never drive and kill again... Pray for the police to arrive and save you in time
M. Lee Davis December 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Maybe if there was a red-light camera in that intersection this would not have happened. We all know that red-light camera prevent accidents like this from happening,,,,,, ;) ;)
SA December 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Not to sound insensitive, but at least the alleged victim was 86-years-old and not a youth. The father of the Defendant’s child is as just to blame as he should have known that the Defendant was inebriated and/or had a substance abuse problem and corrected the situation.
Kyle Bryant December 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Wow, so quick to point a finger at someone else. Everybody is so quick to blame without actually looking at whole picture and not knowing all the facts. People like you are self entitled and quick to point out flaws about a situation you have no idea about. Why, bring the father into this horrible situation, you don't know if he knew anything of alleged abuse of alcohol and if he even knew she was drinking or had an alcohol problem. To put judgement without knowing all the circumstances involved is just ignorant. That is the problem with people like you. Your stupid with a keyboard.


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