Charges against a man whose actions the California Highway Patrol believes caused the death of an Amador County woman have been increased to include gross vehicular manslaughter.
Christopher James Liby, 32, was initially arrested on suspicion of drunken driving as the result of crashing his motorcycle on Highway 99, a wreck that resulted in his passenger being thrown from the vehicle.
The passenger, 21-year-old Rebekah Rose London of Pine Grove, was then run over by passing cars. She died at the scene.
CHP Officer Michael Bradley said that at 9:15 p.m. April 6, motorcyclist Liby was riding northbound on Highway 99 approaching 47th Avenue when for unknown reasons his motorcycle went down.
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Witnesses told CHP officers that Liby was traveling at a high rate of speed when he crashed. He was taken to a hospital and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to Bradley.
His booking sheet at the Sacramento County jail shows that on April 9 he was also arrested for violation of parole, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving a motorcycle without a license.
Bradley said that Liby was hurrying home to comply with parole requirements that he be at his house by 10 p.m.
He had left a restaurant in Elk Grove with passenger London before the crash. Witnesses said he was changing lanes to move in and out of traffic, according to Bradley.
“He was on parole and had to be home at a certain time,” Bradley said. “He had to be home to make that curfew.”
An obituary on the Daneri Mortuary website notes that London moved with her family to Amador County when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Amador High School in 2011.
She received her massage certificate from Healing Hearts of Citrus Heights and was working as a massage therapist at fitness, chiropractic and massage therapy businesses.
A celebration of life for London was held Saturday in Pine Grove.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.