Wife of LAPD officer killed in New Year’s Day crash pleads not guilty

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The wife of a Los Angeles Police Department officer killed in a New Year’s Day crash in Simi Valley pleaded not guilty Thursday to vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with her death.

Alayna Monroe, 25, of Simi Valley, made the plea at the Superior Court of Ventura County, according to court records.

In a previous interview in February, Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Drescher said the initial charges filed against Alayna Monroe were vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, a felony, as well as special allegations including two counts of causing bodily injury to more than one victim.

The felony charge has a maximum sentence of four years in prison, while the special allegations would add an extra two years.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. April 20 in Ventura.

Monroe’s wife, LAPD Officer Heather Monroe, 30, of Simi Valley, was off-duty when she was killed in the Jan. 1 crash at Sycamore Drive and Cochran Street.

Alayna Monroe was taken into custody Feb. 2 by the Simi Valley Police Department, which accused her of having more than the legal limit of alcohol in her system at the time of the crash. She posted $50,000 bail on the same day, according to court records.

Heather Monroe was pronounced dead at the scene after the Scion tC she was riding in collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by an Uber driver at the Simi Valley intersection shortly after 2 a.m. Jan. 1, according to Simi Valley police. Alayna Monroe, and the driver and a passenger in the Maxima were taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries and released.

A funeral service was held for Heather Monroe on Jan. 12 at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills’ Hall of Liberty.


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