Arraignment delayed in motorcylists death

first_imgThe arraignment of an Amboy woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of drugs was delayed Thursday because the woman hadn’t retained an attorney.Tanya M. Leffler, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of James Luden, 54, of Vancouver. Luden was killed while stopped at a traffic light on Vancouver’s Padden Parkway on April 14. Leffler was arrested earlier this month after investigators received the results of toxicology tests.Although the court determined that Leffler is indigent and eligible for a court-appointed attorney, Leffler said she plans to hire her own attorney. She hadn’t done so by Thursday’s hearing.“I’ve talked to a few attorneys,” Leffler said Thursday. She said she needed time to get money together to pay for the attorney.Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier rescheduled the arraignment for Aug. 5. Leffler was released from jail July 10 after posting $75,000 in bail.About 30 of Luden’s friends and family attended Thursday’s hearing. They expressed frustration over the delay.“She knows she’s guilty,” said Jimmy Luden Jr., the victim’s son.Leffler was behind the wheel of a 2010 Mitsubishi Galant driving west when she struck Luden’s 2010 Harley-Davidson stopped in a left-turn lane at the intersection of Northeast 94th Avenue, according to a court affidavit. His motorcycle was among multiple vehicles stopped in three lanes of traffic at a red signal.last_img read more