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Driver In Accident That Killed 5 Goes On Trial

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say five people died because a woman negligently drove an SUV despite being told not to drive by a doctor.

Monica Chavez is scheduled to go on trial Monday for charges stemming from the Feb. 17, 2011, deaths of 34-year-old Randy Stollsteimer, 31-year-old Crystaldawn Stollsteimer and their three children, ages 7, 9, and 12.

She faces five criminally negligent homicide counts in their deaths, as well as charges of child abuse because children were in her SUV at the time of the accident.

Chavez told investigators she couldn't afford to see a neurologist despite suffering two seizure-like episodes since 2006.

Chavez told investigators that she doesn't remember the accident at an intersection in Thornton where he SUV went airborne.

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