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11/2/2012 2:34:00 PM
Woman pleads guilty to causing Highway 69 crash
A white Chevy pickup truck, driven by Terri Dannen, 56, collided on Aug. 6, 2011, with a dark-colored Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of Highway 69 and StoneRidge Drive in Prescott Valley.
File photo courtesy PVPD
A white Chevy pickup truck, driven by Terri Dannen, 56, collided on Aug. 6, 2011, with a dark-colored Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of Highway 69 and StoneRidge Drive in Prescott Valley.
File photo courtesy PVPD

Scott Orr
Special to the Tribune


PRESCOTT -­ A woman who caused a three-vehicle pile-up on Highway 69 that sent six people to hospitals pleaded guilty on Monday to five felony charges and could face 32 years in prison.

Terri Dannen, 56, ran a red light at Highway 69 and StoneRidge Drive, on Aug. 6, 2011. Her Chevrolet pickup struck a Tahoe turning left, causing it to roll over. The SUV hit a third vehicle on 69.

Two adults were flown to Flagstaff Medical Center and a 9-year-old child was flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Three other people went to Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

On Monday, Dannen accepted a plea agreement which dropped the charges against her from eight to five: three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, one count of endangerment, and one count of criminal damage.

If Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley sentences her to the maximum, she could be sent to prison for 32 years.

In his explanation of the factual basis of the crime, Dannen's attorney, Daniel Derienzo, said Dannen was trying to rush her son to the hospital after an injury that left him "bleeding profusely" when she ran the red light.

She is eligible for probation. She will lose her driver's license as a condition of the plea. Sentencing will be Dec. 10.

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