Deputies: Woman accused of drunk driving in deadly crash caught in California
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. —
An Oregon woman accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian along Highway 99W and who was caught in California and extradited to Oregon, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance in Washington County Friday.
Washington County sheriff's deputies say Michelle McMillan's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit when she hit and killed 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi in July 2017. He was walking on the sidewalk along the road near the SW Fischer Road intersection. There is a GoFundMe page set up for Franciosi's family.
McMillan was indicted on charges of manslaughter, DUI and other charges related to the crash. A warrant was issued for her arrest, but officials learned she had fled to California after the crash.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a Beaverton police officer who was part of the crash investigation team realized McMillan left Oregon for California shortly after the crash and contacted authorities in California.
Police in Placer County, California managed to track McMillan down in mid-November. She was extradited to Oregon Thursday and booked into Washington County Jail.
She has a previous DUI arrest in September 2012.
In that case McMillan pleaded guilty and completed a diversion program according to those court records.
McMillan's being held on $250,000 bail in the July fatal crash.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 22.