Conchas, NM: DWI suspected in fatal, one-car crash | abqjournal.com

State Police say an Albuquerque man may have been drunk when he flipped his vehicle near Conchas in eastern New Mexico on Friday afternoon, killing his passenger.

David Burton, 59, of Conchas Dam, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were called to the single-vehicle crash around 1:20 p.m. along N.M. 104.

The driver, in a 2009 Hyundai and possibly speeding, lost control, flipping the car over.

The driver had minor injuries and was taken to Dan Trigg Hospital in Tucumcari. He has not been charged, but police are investigating.

via DWI suspected in fatal, one-car crash | Albuquerque Journal News.

Concordia Parish, La.: DWI charged in fatal crash | KATC.com

Last night, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Ferriday, LA that was not wearing his seatbelt. Two juveniles, in his vehicle, were also injured that were not properly restrained. The driver of the other vehicle is suspected of driving while impaired.

Troopers responded to the crash around 7:20 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 568 east of LA Hwy 900. The crash involved a 2002 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Patrick R. Krueger W/M 34 yrs of Natchez, MS and a 2005 Toyota Corolla, driven by William K. Loomis III W/M 50 yrs. The Chevrolet was eastbound on LA Hwy 568 when Krueger lost control and crossed the centerline. This action resulted in the Chevrolet colliding with the westbound Toyota.

Krueger was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. He is suspected of driving impaired and was charged with DWI, open container, and careless operation. Other charges are pending.

Loomis III was pronounced dead. The two juveniles, in Loomis III’s vehicle, were transported to Riverland Hospital with minor/moderate injuries.

via Impairment and Lack of Seatbelt Usage Factors in Fatal Crash | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana.

Anchorage: Man killed by hit-and-run driver; DUI charged | adn.com

A 54-year-old man was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver in what police described as a “hit-and-run” on a street near downtown Anchorage early Saturday morning.

The man believed to be the driver, 22-year-old Pao Yang, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and manslaughter.

A breath sample taken at the scene found that Yang’s blood alcohol level was .163, about two times the legal limit to drive, Dani Myren, an Anchorage police spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The incident was reported just after 2 a.m. near 1500 E. Fifth Ave. Officers found that the victim, identified as Guy Merculief, was walking across Fifth Avenue in front of the Holiday gas station when he was hit by a vehicle described as a red Honda Civic, Myren said.

Merculief was not using a crosswalk, she said. When officers and paramedics arrived, Merculief was found lying in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Myren said.

The suspect fled before officers arrived, but witnesses helped police locate the red 2008 Honda Civic parked in a lot on Concrete Street, in the parking lot of the Mush Inn, Myren said. The suspect, identified as Yang, was found a short distance away, near Fifth Avenue and Unga Street, Myren said. He is being held on bail terms of $1,000 corporate plus $1,000 cash, Myren said.

via Anchorage, Alaska resident Guy Merculief killed by hit-and-run driver | Alaska Dispatch.

Sacramento: Woman Walking With 2-Year-Old Son Hit, Killed By Man Driving Drunk | sacramento.cbslocal.com

Authorities say that a woman out walking with her young son was killed by a man driving drunk late Thursday afternoon.

According to California Highway Patrol investigators, the woman and her 2-year-old son were walking on the north sidewalk of 47th Avenue, near Kiessig Avenue, a little before 6 p.m. when a car drifted off the roadway and hit the woman.

The woman, who has not been identified, was later taken to the hospital but died from her injuries. Her son was not injured in the incident.

Investigators say that the suspect driver – 27-year-old Tococh Fidel – lost control of his car after hitting the woman and eventually crashed into an electrical pole and another car in the eastbound lane of 47th Avenue. A third car then rear-ended the car that Fidel hit.

CHP says Fidel drove away from the scene in his car, but the driver of the first car hit followed him.

Eventually, Fidel was stopped by Sacramento Police near Florin Road and Amherst Drive. Authorities say that he failed a sobriety test and showed obvious signs that he was drunk. Fidel was then arrested.

Fidel was booked at Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and driving without a license.

CHP investigators are asking anyone else who may have seen the crash to call them at 916 681-2300.

via Woman Walking With 2-Year-Old Son Hit, Killed By Man Driving Drunk « CBS Sacramento.

Tarrant Co., Texas: Man dead in suspected DWI crash | wfaa.com

A deadly crash shut down the ramp from Highway 360 to eastbound 183 in Tarrant County, near the DFW International Airport early Friday morning.Two drivers were heading south on SH 360 around 2 a.m. and were trying to take the ramp to 183. One of the drivers lost control and hit the other.A male passenger was dead on the scene. His driver was critically injured.The other driver was not hurt and was taken into custody for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

via Man dead in suspected DWI crash.

Houston: Man charged with DWI after fatal accident | khou.com

Juan Manuel Alba Alonso

Juan Manuel Alba Alonso

40-year-old man faces charges stemming from a fatal traffic accident Sunday afternoon in southeast Houston, police said.

The suspect, Juan Manuel Alba-Alonso is charged with driving while intoxicated after police said he struck and killed a 27-year-old motorcyclist.

According to investigators with the Houston Police Department, it happened around 4 p.m. in the 8600 block of Wrinkler.

Alba-Alonso was heading north in a green Nissan Titan on Winkler and the victim was driving an orange Honda motorcycle heading west on Garland.

The motorcyclist failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and was struck by the Nissan, police said.

The motorcyclist died at the scene.Alba-Alonso was questioned at the scene and determined to be under the influence of alcohol, police said. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then booked into jail.

The identity of the victim is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

via Man charged with DWI after fatal accident in SE Houston.

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Drunk driver caused deadly crash on I-96 | WOODTV.com

Michigan State Police say a drunk driver is to blame for causing a deadly wrong way crash on I-96 Sunday morning.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. near the Beltline exit. All lanes in both directions near the crash site reopened at around 8 a.m.

Officials with the Michigan State Police said the at-fault driver is a woman in her 40’s from Grand Rapids. The woman was driving east in the westbound lanes of I-96 when she hit a car with her minivan, killing the driver inside who was the only occupant.

Both vehicles caught fire after the crash, but the at-fault driver was pulled from her car by a passerby and survived. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Police have not released the name of the victim killed in the crash, but do not believe he is from the area.

via Police: Drunk driver caused deadly crash on I-96 | WOODTV.com.