Local woman accused of murder in wrong way crash appears in court

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A local woman facing multiple criminal charges, including murder, in connection with a fatal wrong-way traffic collision in January 2018, and who underwent a mental competency assessment in September, appeared back in court Tuesday.

Nicole Danielle Thibault, 28, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court charged with murder, attempted murder and assault connected to allegations that she stole a pickup truck and crashed it on the 210 freeway, killing Fontana resident Daniel Castillo and injuring others.

Thibault carjacked a truck in Riverside on Jan. 22, 2018, California Highway Patrol officers said at the time of the crash. The truck later crashed on the 210 freeway in Claremont.

The stolen truck was then seen traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway when it veered into oncoming traffic, colliding with at least four other vehicles.

Thibault was arrested shortly after she emerged from the hospital, having suffered major injuries in the crash.

Criminal proceedings against her were suspended while her mental health was being assessed for competency.

Once the assessment was completed, criminal proceedings against her resumed.

She was ordered to appear back in court on June 24, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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