Newport Beach, Calif.: Suspected DUI hit-and-run leads to death of cyclist |

A bicyclist struck Sunday riding along Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach by a man suspected of drunken driving has died, police said.

Shaun Eagleson, a 30-year-old Fountain Valley resident, was hit at 5:03 p.m. in Newport Beach, just east of the Los Trancos entrance to Crystal Cove State Park.

He sustained critical injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital.Eagleson died around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The driver of a white Toyota Tacoma fled without stopping, police said.

A 23-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested later Sunday around 5:51 p.m. by Newport Beach police near Newport Center Drive and East Coast Highway.

The driver has a prior conviction for driving under the influence and was arrested on multiple charges, including felony DUI, hit and run, narcotics possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

He has a criminal history, records show.

Along with the prior DUI conviction, the man previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.

He was also charged with domestic violence in September, court records show.

After Eagleson died, Newport Beach police are seeking murder charges. The suspect is being held without bail. His listed occupation is “counselor,” according to jail records.The crash remains under investigation.

via Suspected DUI hit-and-run leads to death of cyclist – The Orange County Register.

Middletown, Ohio: Driver charged in crash killing motorcyclist |

Driver charged in fatal Middletown crash  photo

George Pickett

The motorcycle community is grieving after a Middletown man was killed by an alleged drunk driver Sunday night.

Gregory Philpot, 58, of Middletown was hit by an SUV that went left on center around 10 p.m. Tytus Avenue near Enoch Drive, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The driver of the Ford Explorer, George Pickett, 38, of Middletown, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, according to Lt. Clint Arnold of the Hamilton post of the highway patrol. He said Pickett’s blood alcohol level was .219, or about 2½ times the legal limit.

Bond was set at $100,000 during Pickett’s hearing Monday morning in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records. He remained in the Middletown City Jail on Monday night. His preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Pickett was not hurt in the accident, according to the highway patrol.

Philpot, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at the scene, Arnold said. He was traveling east on Tytus Avenue and the road has a posted speed limit of 35 mph. Arnold said the accident remains under investigation.

By Monday morning, a wooden cross was erected near the accident scene and Philpot’s Facebook page was filled with thoughts and prayers from several of his friends and fellow motorcyclists.

Sheree Garrett, of Middletown, said she and her husband, Greg, often rode motorcycles with Philpot.

“He was such a wonderful person,” Garrett said. “He always had a smile on his face. He was always a good guy to be around.”

When Garrett heard about the fatal accident, she immediately thought about 2000 when her then-husband, Bruce Garrett, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Springboro.

“All those emotions came back,” she said. “It’s just hard to believe that Greg is gone. It breaks my heart.”

Motorcycle fatalities in Ohio have dropped 21 percent since 2010, according to state statistics. Statistics show 133 motorcycle fatalities last year; 163 in 2012; 166 in 2011; and 168 in 2010.

Last year, 43 of the 133 motorcyclists who died in crashes in Ohio were not wearing helmets. In 2012, it was 41 of 163 fatalities.

via Driver charged in fatal Middletown crash |

Victoria, Texas: Girl, 9, Dies In Crash Involving Suspected Drunken Driver |

Rodolfo Alvarez

A 9-year-old girl was killed when the SUV in which she was riding was struck by another vehicle whose driver is suspected of being drunk, Victoria police say.

Police Sgt. Herschel Buck said Sophia Calhoun died Sunday.

Rodolfo Alvarez, 41, was driving the vehicle that hit the SUV. Alvarez was arrested and faces charges of DWI, murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The driver of the SUV, Yvonne Calhoun, 38, suffered a collapsed lung and a broken shoulder in the crash.

She was taken to a hospital where a spokeswoman described her condition as stable.

Her relationship to the girl is unclear.

Alvarez told authorities he consumed three beers before driving and said he wasn’t aware of the wreck.

He was held without bond at the Victoria County Jail.

via Texas Girl, 9, Dies In Crash Involving Suspected Drunken Driver.

Modesto, Calif.: 1 dead, 1 arrested in Modesto DUI collision |

One man is dead and another is accused of homicide and driving while intoxicated in a collision in Modesto Sunday afternoon.

According to Officer Billy Boyle with the Modesto Police Department, a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu hit a 2012 Audi sedan in the intersection of 8th and L streets at approximately 2:10 p.m.

The 38-year-old man behind the wheel of the Audi was transported to an area hospital where he died later due to his injuries, Boyle said.

The 32-year-old driver of the Malibu suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was also taken to a local hospital. Boyle said that driver, a Modesto resident, showed signs of alcohol impairment and was placed under arrest for felony driving under the influence, homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

No names were released.Boyle said there have been 12 fatal collisions in Modesto in 2014 resulting in 15 deaths. Five of the crashes involved driving under the influence.

via Police: 1 dead, 1 arrested in Modesto DUI collision.

Woodbridge, NJ: Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger |

A North Plainfield man was drunk when he crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck in Woodbridge, killing his passenger, according to NJ State Police.

Carlos Aguirre, 24, was charged with death by auto and driving while intoxicated following the crash at 4:09 a.m. in which front-seat passenger Edgar Galvez 25, of North Plainfield was killed, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The accident occurred in the southbound truck lanes of the NJ Turnpike near marker 93.5, according to NJ State Police.

Galvez was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:39 a.m. He died of blunt-force trauma, according to the Middlesex County Medical Examiner.

An investigation by Detective Michael Nelson of the New Jersey State Police and Detective Donald Heck of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Aguirre was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta south when the crash occurred.

Aguirre was held Sunday on $250,000 bail.

via Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge |

Long Beach, : Man arrested for DUI after woman killed running across 710 Freeway |

At least three vehicles fatally struck a woman running across the Long Beach 710 Freeway in Long Beach today, where one of those three motorists was subsequently arrested for suspicion of drunken driving.

The California Highway Patrol was notified that a pedestrian had been struck on the northbound 710 Freeway, between Anaheim Street and the San Diego 405 Freeway, at 1 a.m., according to the CHP.

The woman was running across the northbound lanes of the freeway when she was struck by a white 2004 Toyota Tacoma, followed by a 2005 Toyota Scion and a 2010 Toyota Camry, according to the news statement.

All three vehicles pulled to the right shoulder of the freeway, north of Anaheim Street. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement.

One of the motorists, Long Beach resident Eric J. Nagao, 51, was subsequently arrested for suspicion of drunken driving. Nagao had been driving the Toyota Tacoma.

via Long Beach man arrested for DUI after woman killed running across 710 Freeway.

Albuquerque: Drunk driver in fatal wreck also arrested last month for aggravated DWI |

Albuquerque Police say a 20-year-old woman who hit and killed a motorcyclist around 3 a.m. Saturday morning near Eubank and Montgomery was driving drunk.

Gabrielle Moya was arrested on scene and charged with homicide by vehicle.Police say alcohol and speed appear to be a factor in the accident, but further details have not been released.

APD says Moya was also arrested last month for aggravated DWI.

The identity of the person killed has not been released at this time.

via Police: Drunk driver also arrested last month for aggravated DWI |