Menlo Park police look for DUI crash witness

Police are looking for a specific witness who may have watched an alleged drunken driving accident that claimed the lives of a Menlo Park couple out walking their dog on Oct. 24.

Menlo Park Police Sgt. Sharon Kaufman said the police are seeking a white male who was driving a white Ford Explorer on Oct. 24 around 6:50 p.m. near the intersection of the crash on Chilco Street. He may have witnessed the entire event, she said.

Marjorie Reitzell, 54, of Redwood City, was arrested in connection with the accident. San Mateo County prosecutors allege that after a day of heavy drinking, she drove onto a paved shoulder of the road and plowed into Kamal Singh, 45, and Balbir Singh, 50, who were out walking their Chihuahua.

Prosecutors say Ms. Reitzell then crashed into a car occupied by four teenagers, before striking a tree and coming to a stop.

The Singhs leave behind three teenage children; their oldest daughter is expected to start college in January.

Ms. Reitzell is facing two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of driving while under the influence causing injury. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Almanac that while the investigation continues, the evidence currently does not support filing murder charges.

She remains in custody on $2 million bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday (Nov. 7) to enter a plea after a series of delays caused by medical issues. Ms. Reitzell was on probation at the time of the Oct. 24 crash for misdemeanor driving under the influence committed last year.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crash call Sgt. Kaufman at 330-6343.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

— Sandy Brundage


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