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September 11, 2017: Burbank Driver Charged with DUI Death of Pedestrian

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A 37-year-old man was charged today with the DUI death of a woman who was walking to her job at the Disney lot in Burbank, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Stergios Antonios Economos (dob 5/29/80) of Burbank faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury.

Arraignment is scheduled today in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Burbank Branch.

Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Padilla-Diaz of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section said case GA101880 includes an allegation that Economos inflicted great bodily injury on two victims.

On Sept. 7, the defendant allegedly ran a red light, running over victim Michelle Ann Landes, 64, at a crosswalk near Alameda Avenue and Lincoln Street, the prosecutor said. Economos’ vehicle then crashed into a car.

The driver of the car was greatly injured. Landes died as a result of her injuries, the prosecutor added.

If convicted as charged, Economos faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 11 years in state prison. Bail is recommended at $1 million.

The case remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.