Asheville, NC: Impaired Driver Kills Motorcyclist |

A truck hits a motorcyclist in downtown Asheville, killing the rider. Police charged 49-year-old John Allan Zabriskie, of Asheville, with felony death by vehicle, DWI, and making an unsafe movement.

Asheville Police Department responded to the crash at the intersection of Charlotte Street and Woodfin Place just after 9:00 p.m. Monday night. The victim in the fatality has been identified as 37-year-old, Joshua Allan Calhoun, of Asheville.

Police say Zabriskie was driving a 2004 Toyota pickup truck south on Charlotte St. Calhoun was driving a motorcycle north on Charlotte St.  Zabriskie attempted to make a left turn onto the I-240 East on-ramp, but failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle, causing the pickup and motorcycle to collide. Calhoun died on scene.

Zabriskie is charged with felony death by motor vehicle. Police say impaired driving led to the motorcycle driver’s death. Along with the felony death by motor vehicle charge, he also faces DWI and making an unsafe movement citations.

Zabriskie is free after posting a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled for a court appearance on the DWI and unsafe movement charges, October 9th.

via Police: Impaired Driver Kills Motorcyclist – WLOS – Asheville Top Stories – ABC.

New Haven, Conn.: Driver charged with DUI following fatal crash |

A local man was killed in an early morning car crash Sunday, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Olvin Cruz, 20, of Adeline Street in New Haven, was pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital after being ejected from the vehicle he was traveling in. Cruz was a passenger in a car that struck a roadside barrier on Long Wharf Drive between the Canal Dock and the I-95 northbound ramp shortly after midnight, Hartman said.

The driver, whose identity is unknown, was transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. A female passenger, whose identity is also unknown, needed to be extricated from the vehicle and is hospitalized in critical condition.

Hartman added that a short time into the crash investigation, a witness reported that a white Toyota Rav4 was involved in the crash and was parked on Church Street South near Union Avenue. Officers found the vehicle with the driver sleeping inside. The driver, whose identity is unknown, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested and charged with DUI, Hartman said.

The crashed vehicle’s driver said he was cut off as he tried to enter the highway on-ramp, according to Hartman.

A witness at the scene said drag racing was taking place on Long Wharf prior to the crash. New Haven Police Officials said Sunday evening they do not believe racing contributed to the incident.

The crash closed a portion of Long Wharf Drive until around 8 a.m.

via Driver charged with DUI following fatal New Haven crash.

Methuen, Mass.: Lowell Police Officer Charged With OUI In Fatal Crash |

A Lowell police officer has been charged with drunken driving in a crash early Saturday morning that killed a Lawrence man.

Methuen police reported that Eric Wayne, 41, of Lowell was headed west on Riverside Drive in a 2013 Land Rover at about 12:30 a.m. when it appears he crossed the center line and crashed into a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer near the intersection of Strathmore Road.

The driver of the Mercury, 26-year-old Brian Paula of Lawrence, was trapped in his car and firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to reach him.

Paula suffered massive trauma and was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.Paula had picked up his sister from work and was driving with her at the time of the crash. The sister, Lois, was hospitalized and is fair condition at Lawrence General Hospital.

Wayne, a Lowell police officer, refused medical treatment and was arrested on charges of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation, a marked lanes violation, and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, Methuen police said.

Wayne has a prior arrest on drunken driving charges in Lowell on July 4, 2013. He refused a Breathalyzer test in that case, resulting in an automatic 180-day license suspension.

Wayne was placed on administrative leave after his arrest in the 2013 case, which remains open. It was unclear if he is still on leave.

The officer made a cameo appearance in Mark Wahlberg’s Lowell-based movie, “The Fighter.”His father, Gerald Wayne, was a Lowell police detective who died in 2009.

Wayne is being held on $500,000 cash bail pending his arraignment Monday at Lawrence District Court.

A friend of the Brian remembered him fondly.“He was the best. Very respectful for everybody,” said Alva Gonzales.

via Lowell Police Officer Charged With OUI In Fatal Methuen Crash « CBS Boston.

Albany, Ore.: Corvallis man arrested for manslaughter, DUI in Hwy 20 crash |

A Corvallis man is facing manslaughter charges after investigating police determined he was driving under the influence before a crash that killed another on Highway 20 Thursday morning.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday, officials with the Department of Transportation announced that a head-on crash had occurred on Highway 20 near NW Scenic Drive in Albany.

Officials quickly shut down the highway to clear the scene and investigate the crash. Apparently, a Ford Station Wagon had been struck head-on by a 1995 Acura Integra heading in the opposite direction..

Later, police determined that the Integra was being driven by 32-year-old Damon Selves of Corvallis.

Witnesses reported seeing Selves swerving into oncoming traffic and trying to return to his lane when his car hit the Station Wagon.

The resulting crash killed 37-year-old Gabriel Ruiz Lopez of Eugene, who had been driving the Station Wagon.Selves was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis with minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for two-and-a-half-hours as Oregon State Police and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded.

After concluding the investigation, Selves was arrested on charges of manslaughter, DUI for drugs and reckless driving. He was not wearing a safety belt, but his airbags did deploy.

Lopez was wearing a safety belt, but his vehicle was not equipped with airbags.

via Corvallis man arrested for manslaughter, DUI in Hwy 20 crash.

Edwards, Colo.: Woman killed in alleged drunk driving crash |

A Battle Mountain High School alumna was killed early Thursday when the car in which she was riding plunged off a mountain road, police said.

Cuhatlique Cardenas, 23, died when driver Hugo Castillo-Marquez failed to negotiate a curve near the intersection of Fenno Drive and Squaw Creek Road near Cordillera in Edwards, according to police.

Castillo-Marquez was allegedly driving drunk when he went off the edge, said the Colorado State Patrol. The black 2013 Honda went airborne for 100 feet before landing and rolling multiple times, coming to rest with its wheels in Squaw Creek, police said.

Cardenas was pronounced dead at the scene, said Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

The Colorado State Patrol was notified at 6:49 a.m. and was on the scene minutes later, along with deputies from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Castillo-Marquez, 21, was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center as a precaution, said Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors to the crash, the State Patrol said. Cardenas was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

Castillo-Marquez was booked into the Eagle County jail Thursday on charges of felony vehicular homicide, DUI resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death. He’s being held without bail.

Cardenas was a 2009 Battle Mountain High School graduate and was one of 10 Eagle County high school graduates that year to earn an Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship.

The scholarship was for two years to any Colorado Mountain College campus.

Cardenas’ goal was to study culinary arts and eventually own and operate her own restaurant in Colorado.

via Local woman killed in alleged drunk driving crash |

Laveen, Ariz.: DUI suspected as car T-bones van. One dead | KPHO

One person is dead and two others hospitalized with serious injuries after a car driven by a suspected drunk driver T-boned a minivan at an intersection near a popular casino in Laveen early Thursday morning.

Michael Cherney, 55, was driving westbound on Estrella Parkway when his car ran through a stop sign and struck the passenger side of the minivan, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Elizabeth Valenzuela, 44, a passenger in the minivan, was ejected. The impact pushed the minivan onto two wheels before it came down on and killed Valenzuela, the spokesman said.

Her husband, Manuel Valenzuela, 56, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

Cherney, whose blood-alcohol content registered 0.20 percent, was taken to a hospital and was expected to survive, the spokesman said.No one was wearing a seat belt, the spokesman said.Deputies said they found a half-empty bottle of tequila and marijuana in Cherney’s sedan.

Witnesses told police that the car was going about 60 mph when it ran through the stop sign, Phoenix police Lt. Darius Potts said.

“It was a direct hit,” he said.

Potts said he wasn’t sure if anyone was wearing a seat belt or whether impairment was a factor.

“We haven’t found anything yet to know why it happened,” Potts said.

Deputies closed 51st Avenue, the main road to the Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, between Dobbins Road and Estrella Parkway. There was no estimate as to when the road would reopen.

via DUI suspected as car T-bones van, kills 1 in Laveen – CBS 5 – KPHO.

Plantersville resident killed while allegedly driving while intoxicated – The Navasota Examiner: News

Alcohol is believed to have played a part in a head-on collision that killed a Mexican native living in Plantersville on Aug. 12, at 10:29 p.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Kenneth Balzekas of Anderson said Aquiles Castro-Hernandez, 32, was intoxicated when he was ejected from his own vehicle off FM 1774. Castro-Hernandez was northbound on the roadway when he lost control of a 2005 Ford F-150 that ran off the road. After Castro-Hernandez overcorrected, the vehicle drove into an oncoming 2009 SUV, driven by Texas A&M University student Kaitlynn Breiner of The Woodlands, 20.

Castro-Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Joe Imhoff, and was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt.

The Ford F-150 incurred most of the damage.

Breiner, who was wearing a seatbelt, was life flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with broken legs, as a precaution.

via Plantersville resident killed while allegedly driving while intoxicated – The Navasota Examiner: News.