Queens, NY: Man arrested in fatal DWI killing 76-year-old pedestrian – WSJ.com

Police say a man has been arrested on drunken driving charges in connection with the death of a 76-year-old pedestrian who was struck by an SUV while crossing a street in Queens.

Police say John Eberling of Queens, was on 80 Street and Jamaica Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder. Eberling was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver, identified as 47-year-old Viveshdyal Thakoordyal, of Queens, was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.

via Queens man arrested in fatal DWI – WSJ.com.

Harpursville, NY: 22-year-old charged with vehicular homicide in weekend crash killing passenger | newschannel34.com

A Harpursville man is charged with vehicular homicide following an alleged drunk driving crash over the weekend.

22 year-old Ryan Lewis is also charged with DWI. New York State Police say Lewis lost control of his Subaru Impreza while driving along Afton Lake Road in Afton at about 2:20 in the morning Sunday. His car left the road and struck a tree killing the front seat passenger, 24 year-old Joelyn Sines of Harpursville. Lewis and 2 other passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

via Fatal DWI Crash Arrest – WIVT/WBGH Newschannel34.

Riverside, CA: Suspected drunk driver hits, kills motorcyclist | SWRNN.com

A pickup truck driver who allegedly struck and killed a motorcyclist in Riverside, then tried to elude police was being held today in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Gabriel Andres Brennan, 30, of Fullerton, was arrested about 8:30p.m. last night on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after a collision on Adams Street, according to Riverside police.

The suspect was backing his 1989 Mazda B2200 out of a driveway into the northbound lanes when he allegedly ran into a man on a 2004 Honda motorcycle, police said.

Brennan allegedly sped away from the scene, but authorities were immediately notified and began a search.

An officer spotted the pickup two miles away and arrested the suspect without incident, according to Sgt. Skip Showalter.

He said the motorcyclist, whose name was being withheld, was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital but died a short time later.

Brennan was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

via Suspected drunk driver hits, kills motorcyclist in Riverside – Southwest Riverside County News | Riverside, CA Local News.

Columbus County, NC: Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash | wwaytv3.com

We are learning more about a Leland man charged with murder after a car crash friday that killed a 61-year-old woman.

The district attorney says Pierre Walker should never have been behind the wheel in the first place based on his checkered past.

Investigators say Walker, 26, was involved in not one, but two traffic accidents Friday afternoon. After hitting a van in Brunswick County, they say Walker continued speeding west on US 74/76. Near Delco he allegedly crossed over the median at a high rate of speed and hit Martha Mintz head-on and killing her instantly.

Investigators say Walker was high at the time of the accident.

“DWI drivers are a clear and present dangers to folks on the highway,” District Attorney Jon David said. “We had a woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just coming home from work. She was literally in her work car at the time of the incident. It was 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. It could have been any of us.”

Walker is behind bars at the Columbus County Detention Center, where David says he should have been weeks ago.

“Because of the facts of the case and the defendant’s prior record, we can show that there is malice, which is something beyond death by motor vehicle, and in this particular circumstance we did the exceptional thing of choosing to charge him with murder, and we will be indicting him for murder and aggressively prosecuting him under the law,” David said.

Over the last 10 years Walker has faced 43 charges in New Hanover and Brunswick counties, including three DWIs, two of which he pleaded guilty to in February.

David says after his last conviction Walker should have faced a minimum 60-day sentence, but he says Judge Sandra Ray suspended his sentence to allow him to make a probation hearing in Columbus County set for today. Instead, he appeared in court on the murder charge.

“This is an individual that should not have been on the roadway,” David said. “He is somebody that needs to be prosecuted very harshly as we move forward.”

Walker faces charges of second degree murder and habitual DWI in Columbus County. David says he also plans to file charges against Walker in Brunswick County for the first of two crashes Friday.

Today a judge set Walker’s bond at $1 million.

via Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News.

Wilmington, NC: Man faces DWI charges after fatal motorcycle crash | wect.com

One man is behind bars facing DWI charges after a crash that left a motorcycle driver dead.

According to a Wilmington Police Department spokesperson, around 7:50 Sunday night Paul Crutchfield was traveling at a high rate of speed on his Harley Davidson motorcycle and collided with a GMC truck on the 3500 block of Carolina Beach Road.

Crutchfield died at the scene.

The driver of that GMC truck, Augusto Valera is being charged with DWI and driving while having a revoked license.

The police department’s traffic unit will reconstruct the crash to determine if there are any other factors that led to the crash by either driver.

via Man faces DWI charges after fatal motorcycle crash – WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC.

Philadelphia: Suspected drunk driver hits, kills grandmother walking with her husband | philadelphia.cbslocal.com

Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia Sunday morning that left one person dead and another in critical condition.

Police were called to the intersection of Frankford Avenue and Comly Streets in Wissinoming Park around 11 a.m.

Police say 58-year-old Teresa Marquard was walking along the sidewalk with her husband when a drunk driver lost control of his minivan and hit the woman.

“They were just walking on the pavement,” Captain John Wilczynski, with the Philadelphia Police Department, said. “The car went up on the pavement and, unfortunately, struck her.”

The green Pontiac minivan finally stopped on the sidewalk of Wissinoming Park. It’s front end was crushed and the drivers side door was bent. Police blocked off the street during the investigation.

Police say the driver of the SUV was drunk behind the wheel. They say he was traveling south on Frankford Avenue when he swerved into the northbound lanes, then onto the sidewalk. The car then struck the victim, who was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital with head trauma. She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

“She gets killed from the crash and her husband who was with her, fortunately, he didn’t get hurt, but, unfortunately, he was to witness that drama,” Wilczynski said.

Neighbors say Teresa was often out on Gillespie Street, cleaning the road and the sidewalk with her husband. They say her and her husband were friendly and quiet.

“It’s a sad thing for her whole family,” neighbor Janet Zarisky said. “Always cleaning up her area, both sides of the street, minding their business. They didn’t really talk to anybody or bother anybody. They kept to themselves but they were always outside cleaning up.”

Police say the driver of the minivan was also taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he is in critical condition. They say the driver will likely be charged with DUI and more Monday morning.

via Police Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Accident In Northeast Philadelphia « CBS Philly.

New Bern, NC: 6-year-old dies in Friday crash; mother charged with DWI | newbernsj.com

A 6-year-old girl was killed Friday in a head-on crash on Brices Creek Road, and her mother has been charged with driving while impaired.

The State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Allana Garris, a passenger who died Friday after the 4 p.m. crash while riding with her mother and brother.

Her mother, Amber Sandvig, 24, of Frontier Lane, New Bern, was charged with DWI, driving left of center and a child restraint violation involving the dead girl and another child in the car.

Sgt. C.D. Toler of the Highway Patrol said he and investigating Trooper J.A. Magana will meet with Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas Monday morning to discuss the case, including any additional charges.

The sergeant said Sandvig remained hospitalized at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she was airlifted by rescue helicopter Pedro after the crash.

The driver of the second car in the crash, Julie Payne, also was taken to the Greenville hospital. The Highway Patrol did not have her address or her condition.

Toler said a second child in the Sandvig car, 2-year-old Allan Garris, was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. His injuries were not known at press time.

Toler said the crash happened when Sandvig was traveling south on Brices Creek Road in a gold Mazda and crossed the center line, colliding with a northbound black Cadillac Escalade driven by Payne.

He said the crash happened near Marion Lane.

The dead child would have been 7 years old on Aug. 15.

Toler said both children in the Sandvig car were improperly restrained.

via Child dies in Friday crash; mother charged with DWI – Cops, Courts And Calamity – Sun Journal.