A Millcreek Township woman charged with hitting a mother and child in a State Street crosswalk, killing the daughter, has been ordered to stand trial.
Janeen Lundberg, 46, was driving under the influence of sedatives when she swerved around a car in a left-turn lane near Kensington Avenue (1522 South), and hit 6-year-old Ambrosia Amalathithada-Ramseyer and her mother, police and eyewitnesses testified in court Friday.
Third District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills ordered Lundberg to stand trial on charges of second-degree felony automobile homicide or second-degree manslaughter; third-degree felony driving under the influence of drugs; and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and illegal turn, both misdemeanors.
“She’s devastated,” defense attorney John Walsh said of his client. “To think this little girl isn’t out there on the playground having fun right now, thinking about Christmas just has to be a killer to any of us.”
Police said a blood draw showed Lundberg had been taking a number of different prescription medications. According to court documents, Lundberg was taking Alprazolam, Butalbital, Methocarbamol, Cymbalta and Neurontin. All have sedative effects. Two types of medication the woman had taken were for a history of seizures, Walsh said.
Lundberg said she stopped at a 7-Eleven prior to the crash and bought coffee, Diet Pepsi and No-Doze because she was worried about staying safe on the road, according to testimony.
About 4 p.m. on March 14, Lundberg was driving to work when she veered around a stopped car and into the crosswalk.
“When I saw the people, they were flying,” Characio Castillo, who was stopped at the intersection, said through an interpreter. “Then I immediately closed my eyes. I didn’t want to see them hit the ground.”
The mother suffered broken legs, a broken pelvis, a skull fracture and brain injury, according to testimony. Her daughter, Ambrosia, died as a result of her injuries.
Police said Lundberg was traveling between 32 and 38 mph.
“There was no evidence of braking at all,” Salt Lake City police officer Timothy Stumm said.
Lundberg is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 17.