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Driver Faces Charges in Traffic Death

Woman was allegedly intoxicated when she rear-ended the car of a Westlake High student.

June 03, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

An Agoura Hills woman was arrested Monday on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the death of a Westlake High School student, who died last month after her vehicle was struck while idling at a red light.

Diana Shakov, 31, was arrested at her home by Ventura County sheriff's deputies after a month-long investigation. Shakov was booked on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both, said Sgt. Patti Salas.

Investigators determined that Shakov failed to stop for the red light and slammed into the rear of 17-year-old Nicole Johnson's Volkswagen Jetta, Salas said.

Both women were treated for their injuries at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Johnson died a short time later.

Shakov was driving between 60 and 67 mph at the time of the May 1 accident at the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lakeview Canyon Road, authorities said. The posted speed limit is 45 mph.

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