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.

South Lake Tahoe, NV: Pedestrian killed in DUI accident | news10.net

South Lake Tahoe Police are investigating a fatal DUI accident in which a pedestrian was killed Friday night.

Police responded at 6:45 p.m. for an accident in front of the Taco Bell located at 2681 Lake Tahoe Blvd.Officers found a 51-year-old male pedestrian lying in the roadway. CPR was adminstered at the scene to attempt to resuscitate the man, the victim was transported to Barton Memorial Hopital where he was pronounced deceased, said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Shannon Laney.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident, 49-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, Gregory Stearns was contacted by police.

Laney said during the course of the investigation, Stearns was found to be driving with a suspended license for a prior DUI conviction and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and with a suspended license.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, intial indications are that the pedestrian was crossing Lake Tahoe Blvd. outside of a crosswalk, was wearing dark clothing in an unlit portion of the highway, and failed to yield to the oncoming traffic. The pedestrian may have also been intoxicated, Laney said.

The identity of the victim will be released once their family has been notified.

via Police: Pedestrian killed in DUI accident | news10.net.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg: 1 dead in wreck; driver faces DWI charges | CharlotteObserver.com

A 66-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening when his truck was struck by a vehicle driven by a man who was DWI, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The suspect in the case had been arrested by police 18 hours earlier on a drug charge, and police say he was driving Wednesday evening with a revoked license.

Three people were injured in the four-vehicle wreck shortly after 8 p.m. on Brookshire Boulevard at Interstate 85. The collision forced police to close Brookshire Boulevard for several hours.

Killed in the collision was Leslie John Dahm

Police say Steven Ray Johnson was driving the vehicle that caused the wreck. Johnson faces several charges when he is released from the hospital, according to investigators.

Johnson, 36, of Charlotte, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban inbound on Brookshire Boulevard, and police say he was traveling at a high rate of speed when he slammed into the rear of a 1999 GMC Jimmy, driven by Dahm. The collision forced both vehicles across the median and into the outbound side of Brookshire Boulevard.

Police say the impact sent Dahm’s truck sliding about 400 feet, until it slammed into a metal overhead sign. Dahm died at the scene.

Meanwhile, according to investigators, Johnson’s vehicle first smashed head-on into a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by 19-year-old Bianca Gibson — then struck a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Blossom Green.

Gibson was injured and taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center. She is expected to survive. Green was treated by Medic at the scene but did not need hospitalization.

Johnson was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and also is expected to survive.

He was charged with DWI, and police say warrants have been obtained against Johnson for involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, and driving while a license is revoked.

Mecklenburg County Jail records show Johnson had been arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records show Johnson was charged with reckless driving in 2007. The case was settled in February 2008 with a prayer for judgement.

Police say the crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 704-336-8862.

via 1 dead in Brookshire wreck; driver faces charges | CharlotteObserver.com.

Sacramento: DUI suspected in fatal weekend crash on Garden Highway | blogs.sacbee.com

The California Highway Patrol believes that alcohol may have played a part in a crash that killed a Sacramento driver.

Joshua C. Hanson, 37, was driving on the Garden Highway about a mile west of Power Line Road about 8 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His pickup truck traveled down a grassy embankment, hit metal gate posts and then overturned several times.

The truck then struck a tree and came to rest on the passenger side. Hanson was taken to UC Davis Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Two passengers suffered minor-to-moderate injuries. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to a CHP press release.

via Sacto 9-1-1: DUI suspected in fatal weekend crash on Garden Highway.

San Antonio teen struck in parking lot and killed by DWI suspect | kens5.com

Police say a 19-year-old man was struck and killed by an out of control driver suspected of DWI on Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Cedrych Carrisalez.

San Antonio police said he and another person were walking in a parking lot near St. Mary’s and Mulberry when they were struck just before midnight.

Investigators said a 30-year-old woman was driving west on Mulberry but veered towards the two in the parking lot.

Her silver Nissan grazed one of the pedestrians but hit Carrisalez, sending him nearly 15 feet into the rear of a building, police said.

He was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center but did not survive.

The other pedestrian did not require medical treatment.

The driver was taken to Metro Hospital for her injuries. Once released, she is expected to be charged with intoxication manslaughter.

via Teen killed by DWI suspect on North St. Mary’s | kens5.com San Antonio.

Ponca, Neb., Man sentenced to a minimum of 51 years for DUI crash killing two | siouxcityjournal.com

No matter how many years Robert Mahler ultimately spends in prison, Steve Oberg said, his son, Chris, still will be gone.

Oberg just wanted the peace of mind in knowing that Mahler will never again be able to get into a vehicle after drinking and shatter the lives of other families.

“We hope nobody will ever go through what we did at the hands of Robert Mahler,” Oberg said Monday after watching the Hubbard, Neb., man get sentenced to a minimum of 51 years in prison for two counts of motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence — second offense.

Mahler, 55, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.196 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with Chris Oberg’s motorcycle on Sept. 9 near Emerson, Neb., killing Oberg, 20, of Mapleton, Iowa, and his passenger and girlfriend, Alexis Calfee, 19, of Bennet, Neb.

“I want to say I’m sorry to both families,” Mahler said softly before being sentenced. “I wish this had never happened.”

He wasn’t the only one, as evidenced by the number of family members and friends who filled the Dixon County District Courtroom to overflowing. Doors to the courtroom were left open so spectators in a waiting area outside could view the proceedings.

Mahler’s DUI conviction was his second in Nebraska, and seventh overall. He had gotten released from probation from his sixth DUI conviction 35 days before the accident involving Oberg and Calfee, whose mother asked District Judge Paul Vaughan for a prison sentence long enough to ensure Mahler never had another chance to drink and drive.

“You can not make our family whole again … you can not take away the day-to-day pain from my heart,” Jaimi Calfee said. “You can bring justice for every drunken decision Robert Mahler ever made.”

In deciding upon a prison sentence, Vaughan said he considered Mahler’s several past convictions and the fact he obviously never took advantage of the many chances they offered to get help for his drinking problem.

“In your own words, two lives were ended because of your stupidity,” Vaughan said.

Vaughan sentenced Mahler to 25-40 years in prison for each motor vehicle homicide charge and the maximum one year on the DUI charge and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively, or back-to-back, for a total of 51 years. Mahler could eligible for release in 25.5 years pending good behavior and other credits earned while in prison.

Todd Calfee, Alexis’ father, said Mahler’s sentencing closes just one painful chapter for his family. He said he hoped the sentence would make others think twice before drinking and driving.

“Whether it’s 51 years or 500 years, that’s not going to bring Lexi back,” Calfee said. “I think it’s a wake-up call to people that judges are going to take this seriously. Drunken driving is 100 percent preventable.”

via Hubbard, Neb., man sentenced for fatal auto accident.

Minnesota man charged with 6 counts of vehicular homicide for crash killing 2 a year ago | TwinCities.com

An Elkton man is charged with driving drunk at about 120 mph when he crashed a Cadillac and killed two friends near Austin a year ago.

Forty-four-year-old Jason Fredrickson was charged Tuesday in Mower County with six felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

According to the complaint, Fredrickson drove a 2009 Cadillac STS into a ditch Feb. 25 while Jake Moe and Luke Unverzagt, both 32 and from Austin, were passengers. Both Unverzagt and Moe were thrown from the car and died. Fredrickson broke his ankle.

A State Patrol reconstruction says the car went airborne, snapped a utility pole and stopped after hitting a tree and another pole. Sheriff Terese Amazi says the car was “obliterated.”

The Austin Daily Herald reports Fredrickson is due in court March 21.

via Minnesota: Driver charged with 120-mph DWI crash that killed 2 near Austin – TwinCities.com.

Irving, TX: One dead; one seriously injured; one charged after multi-vehicle crash | wfaa.com

Grand Prairie man arrested for possible DWI in multi-vehicle fatality

Anthony Almanza

A Grand Prairie man is being investigated for intoxication manslaughter and assault after a fatal multi-vehicle crash Monday night.

Anthony Almanza, 39, was arrested and held overnight. Police say he caused a series of accidents in his 2004 Dodge pickup by failing to stop at a stoplight in the 1300 block of South Belt Line Road, said Irving police spokesperson John Argumaniz.

Almanza rear ended a 2001 Nissan, which then rear ended a 2000 Kia at about 8:49 p.m.

Luis Andrade, 39, of Grand Prairie, was driving the Nissan. He died at a nearby hospital. The passenger of his vehicle, Imelda Corea, 23, was also taken to a local hospital and is listed in serious condition, Argumaniz said. The driver of the Kia was not injured.

Almanza was also taken to a local hospital and was arrested upon release. Argumaniz said officers  smelled alcohol on his breath and called a DWI unit, which conducted tests at the hospital.

He remains in custody while police await results from a mandatory blood draw, Argumaniz said.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony and intoxicated assault is a third-degree felony, Argumaniz said. The bail amount has not been set.

via Grand Prairie man arrested for possible DWI in multi-vehicle fatality | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth.

Dix Hills, NY: Parkway crash kills passenger; driver arrested for DUI | halfhollowhills.patch.com

Yunior Josue Bonilla

A 26-year-old died in a crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills early Monday morning and the driver of the vehicle is under arrest for driving while intoxicated, State Police said.

Police say Yunior Josue Bonilla, 25, of Brentwood, lost control of a 2002 Mercedes CLK that was travelling at a high rate of speed on the parkway.

An investigation revaled that Bonilla and three other passengers were headed back to Brentwood from a nighclub in Westbury when the accident occurred, police said.

The front seat passenger, identified as Gabriel Herrera-Mina, 26, of Brentwood, who was not wearing his seat belt, was critically injured and transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two other passengers, also from Brentwood, were treated for minor injuries and released.

Witnesses stated that Bonilla had been observed drinking at the night club prior to driving the car, police said.  The eastbound Northern State Parkway was closed to traffic for more than six hours while the crash was being investigated Monday morning, police said.

Other charges against Bonilla are pending further investigation, police said.

via State Police: DWI Arrest in Fatal Dix Hills Crash – Half Hollow Hills, NY Patch.