MARTINEZ — A woman charged with murder last year after she allegedly crashed a stolen Jeep during a high speed chase was ordered to stand trial, according to court records.
Amy Fiasconaro, 33, was hit with an amended list of criminal charges last month, including murder and manslaughter or her passenger, 24-year-old Maria Gaglione, as well as fleeing police and causing death, driving a stolen car, and driving while intoxicated.
A coroner’s inquest into a officer-involved fatal crash in May found that the death of Maria Gaglione, 24, was not an accident and was caused by another. (Photo provided by the Gaglione family.)
If Fiasconaro’s case goes to trial, jurors will have to decide whether to convict her of either the manslaughter or the murder charge. A trial date has not been set, but a pretrial conference is scheduled for early April.
Fiasconaro was driving a stolen white Jeep through Clayton one afternoon in May 2017, when police Ofc. Allen Pike — responding to a suspicious persons call — attempted to pull the Jeep over. It sped away and went down Myrtle Drive, eventually reaching speeds of 109 miles per hour, police said.
Pike later told DA investigators that the chase lasted about one minute. Pike said he reached 80 miles per hour in his car, and that the Jeep was still pulling away from him, according to testimony.
On the 4900 block of Myrtle Drive, the Jeep crashed. Gaglione was crushed to death, and Fiasconaro was thrown from the car. Pike told investigators that moments before the crash, he had determined the speeds were unsafe and was letting up on the gas pedal.
After the crash, Fiasconaro told officers that she was a passenger, not the driver, and had been thrown clear. But her blood was found on the driver’s seat airbag, and a DNA test confirmed it, police said.
Through a blood test, investigators determined Fiasconaro had methamphetamine and morphine in her system. They also determined she’d reached speeds of 109 miles per hour by reviewing the Jeep’s computer.
A dog was also killed during the colision, according to police testimony.
Fiasconaro had numerous prior convictions, including a 2009 conviction for assault on a police officer. In that incident, she dragged an Antioch officer about 90 feet with her car, before the officer was able to reach in and activate the brake.
Because Gaglione’s death occurred during a police chase, the county’s protocol for law enforcement-involved deaths was …read more
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