Lauren Tamburrell
Special to the Tribune

A Chandler woman faces two counts of second degree murder and 10 other criminal counts after her arrest Oct. 22 in a drunk-driving accident that killed a White Mountain singer and her fiancé on the I-10 near Wild Horse Pass.

Lauren Tamburrelli, 26, had her 3-year-old daughter in her car when it struck an SUV, triggering a five-car crash that took the lives of Lindsey Earl, 29, of Lakeside and Thomas Dempsey, 29, of Pinetop.

Tamburrelli, who is in jail on a $500,000 bond, spoke incoherently when officers tied to talk to her and became combatant with people who tried to help her, according to one. She also had tried to walk away from the crash, according to reports.

One report said Tamburrelli in 2009 pleaded guilty with another girl to making a fake bomb threat that shut down Corona del Sol High School in Tempe because the friend wanted a day off.

The White Mountain Independent said that Earl, a 2015 graduate in biomedical science from the University of Arizona, was the 2013 Arizona State Kids USA Pageant winner at age 13 and a year later won an all-expense paid trip to sing in the national finals of the 25th annual Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, Tennessee. Her fiancé at just been promoted manager of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marana.

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