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BRIGHTON, Colo. – Jurors will begin deciding Thursday the verdict of Monica Chavez, accused of killing an Adams County family of five in a car crash last year.

In February of 2011, police say Chavez suffered a seizure at the wheel of her SUV. According to reports, her foot became stuck on the pedal causing the vehicle to reach speeds up to 100 mph before it went airborne and flipped on top of the Stollsteimer family’s truck at 84th Avenue and Grant Street in Thornton killing all five inside.

Prosecutors say Chavez ignored a doctor’s note not to drive after suffering a seizure-like episode in 2006. Defense attorneys counter that Chavez saw her own doctor who was not convinced she had a seizure.

Chavez claimed she had no drugs, alcohol, or medical issues the day of the accident. She said she was driving home from Walgreens with her two daughters and her last visual memory was driving through a curvy area by an apartment building.

Chavez indicated she had no history of seizures that she was aware of but had an incident at McDonalds a couple of months prior. She said she passed out, fell down, and bit her tongue.

“I don’t remember. I went to the Red Box and the next thing I know I was in the car and Syria (daughter) was crying,” Chavez said “I had a lump on my head and my tongue was really messed up.”

Chavez is facing five counts of negligent homicide and two counts of child abuse for putting her own children in danger.

Chavez had her two daughters in the SUV with her during the accident. Both suffered minor injuries.

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