Woman charged with manslaughter in deadly Caldwell crash

September 30, 2013 

— A Wilder woman has been charged with manslaughter after a high-speed crash on a closed Caldwell street killed her passenger.

Police say blood tests show Amanda Contreras Rodriguez was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine when she wrecked July 6. Witnesses to the crash say she entered Orchard Avenue in Caldwell at about 90 miles per hour. The road was closed at the time, police said.

Rodriguez lost control of her Honda and the car rolled, ejecting her passenger. Manuel Cortez was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise later that night.

According to an affidavit from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, Rodriguez told deputies she knew she was going faster than the speed limit, and did not notice the closed road signs before her crash.

She has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Rodriguez is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 2.

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