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Accused co-conspirator pleads not guilty in ATV collision

The girlfriend of the man accused of attempted murder for deliberately crashing into an ATV in Princeton and seriously injuring a teenage girl in May has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Skye Flores, 34, of Oroville, also pleaded not guilty on July 15 to being an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping Raymond Zapien, 31, of Princeton, elude capture by law enforcement for nearly a month.

Zapien’s sister, Veronica, 30, of Princeton, is also charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and accessory after the fact. Her arraignment is scheduled for July 28.

The California Highway Patrol said Flores was involved in an argument with Zapien inside the vehicle he was driving May 31 on Highway 45, when he allegedly steered the vehicle off the road and into a stalled ATV, which seriously injured Destiny Sorrels, who was airlifted to Enloe Hospital with neck and other injuries.

Zapien reportedly tried to flee the scene of the collision, when a Good Samaritan, Kyle Wills, tried to block the path of Zapien’s vehicle with his pickup. The CHP said Zapien’s vehicle struck Wills’ pickup and became disabled, prompting Zapien to flee on foot, evading capture until June 24, when he was arrested by the Colusa County Task Force in Yuba City.

Wills was injured in the collision, the CHP said. Flores and her 15-year-old son, Silas, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were not injured.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 PM today for Flores, who remains in custody at the Colusa County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Zapien is also scheduled to appear in court today to enter a plea on 12 felony charges, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence causing injury, child endangerment, two counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident, and conspiracy to commit a crime, along with a special allegation for use of a deadly weapon (vehicle), and two special allegations of causing great bodily injury.

He remains in custody on a no-bail hold for violating the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision for previous felony convictions, which includes obeying all laws and reporting to the Colusa County Probation Department for supervision. â– 

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