Driver Under the Influence of Prescription Meds Kills Bicycling Teacher

This lady right here killed an Elementary School Teacher that was riding her bicycle.

“(The driver) did not put on her brakes or anything,” said Brian Cummings, who watched from the auto dealership where he works as the Lexus slammed into Tift, throwing her from her silver and blue bicycle.

Tift, who was not wearing a helmet, was rushed to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with major head injuries. She died about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The driver, Janene Johns of Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, Newport Sgt. Bill Hartford said. Police suspect Johns, 52, was under the influence of a prescription medication, but declined to elaborate on the drug. Johns, who has no previous criminal record, posted the $100,000 bail Thursday morning.

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