FAIRFIELD — The woman who faces a pair of vehicular manslaughter charges for the deaths of two friends in a January 2012 crash on westbound Interstate 80 near Air Base Parkway took the witness stand Wednesday.
Michele Henry was driving alone in her Buick Lucerne and speeding at more than 100 mph when it slammed into the back of a Ford Explorer with three men traveling in the slow lane.
Vicente Santos, 25, died instantly in the crash. Anthony Andrade, 33, died a short time later as he tried to free Santos from the wreckage and was hit by a third car.
Henry was not injured in the crash.
“I never intended to hurt anyone,” Henry said between sobs, after admitting she was driving as fast as her car could go.
Henry, 44, said she was on her way to work as a store clerk in Pleasant Hill from the home she recently had moved to in Sacramento.
Henry said she was speeding because she had overslept and was late to work and was worried about losing her job. She told jurors she had got the job after more than two years of unemployment and hardship with her children.
Closing arguments in the trial are expected to be presented Thursday.
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