Driver in Alleged DUI Fatality in Leisure World Pleads Not Guilty

A 75-year-old woman pleaded not guilty today for allegedly driving under the influence when she killed an 86-year-old man in a crosswalk.

A 75-year-old woman accused of driving drunk and fatally injuring an 86-year-old man in the Leisure World retirement community in Seal Beach pleaded not guilty today to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Dale Snyder Quinn of Seal Beach was charged Tuesday in connection with the May 20 crash, according to Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida, who said the defendant faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Quinn is accused of drinking before getting behind the wheel of her car, which slammed into Robert Dillon as he was crossing the street at St. Andrews Drive and Tam O'Shanter Road in the Leisure World complex in Seal Beach on his battery-operated scooter, Hayashida said.

Dillon was pronounced dead eight days after the collision.

Quinn had a blood-alcohol content of .22 percent, well above the legal limit of .08, an hour after the crash, Hayashida alleged.

Quinn, who is out of custody on $50,000 bail, is due back in court Sept. 6 for a pretrial hearing.

``This is a terrible tragedy for the person who died and the entire family,'' defense attorney Allan Stokke said. ``We intend to work our way through this matter and we extend our sympathy to the (victim's) family.''

-City News Service

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Dr Marie July 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
The part of the picture that no one seems to care about, including the DA, is that Dale Quinn is also a really good person. She has a long history of volunteer work and has been an incredibly positive influence on others for the past 75 years. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met and is extremely heartbroken about this terrible mistake she made. I am appalled at the lack of acknowledgement of the character of this woman.
Paige Austin July 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Dr. Marie, I know this must be so horrible for the friends and family of Ms. Quinn and Mr. Dillon - I am sorry. I am glad you posted your comment because it has been driving me crazy that her name is so familiar to me, but I can't quite place it. I wonder if I have met her in the course of her volunteer work. If you wanted to get in touch with me at paige.austin@patch.com or 714-625-1770, I can try to do a better job telling folks about the people involved for future stories. Best, Paige
mattie November 06, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Is she in jail yet? Dr. Marie if she felt bad about her "mistake" she would plead guilty


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