Woman who struck bicyclists pleads not guilty

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Updated: 8/15 7:13 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman who plowed into a group of bicycle riders in San Diego, injuring several and leaving one paralyzed, has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of drugs.

U-T San Diego says 49-year-old Theresa Owens entered the plea Friday. She's facing up to 12 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

She mouthed the words "I'm so sorry" before she was led away.

Prosecutors say Owens was driving the wrong way on a Fiesta Island road Tuesday evening when she collided head-on with 10 bicyclists on a curve.

One rider was thrown onto the car roof and suffered a broken spine that could leave him permanently paralyzed.

Five other riders, including one with a broken arm, also went to hospitals.

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