Florence, SC: Man facing several charges after innocent bystander killed during police chase | carolinalive.com

Kyeon Glover, 19, faces a number of charges, including Felony DUI, Burglary, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and possession of Marijuana, after police say he fled from them Wednesday morning and caused a crash that killed a man.

Vincent Omear Thomas, 33, of Mayesville, was killed around 5 a.m. Wednesday in the crash that happened at the intersection of Church and Cheves Streets in Florence, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.

Thomas was killed when his vehicle was hit by the vehicle being chased by police.

Police say Glover was being chased after fleeing from the scene of a reported burglary in progress.

Officers on scene said Thomas was on his way home from work when his vehicle was hit by the speeding car.

Glover has been charged with Felony DUI, according to Sonny Collins with Highway Patrol.

Highway Patrol said there were several cars at the intersection when the crash happened and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them.

Glover also faces eight charges from Florence police, according to Major Carlos Raines with Florence police.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said an officer was pursuing the car Glover was driving after a burglary and shooting was reported at Church Hill Apartments on June Lane.

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Lodi, Calif.: Man killed in suspected DUI accident – Lodinews.com

Lodi man was killed early Sunday morning when he was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver on Davis Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified 59-year-old Domenico Dennis Zagaroli as the driver of a vehicle carrying two other passengers at the time of the accident.

Zagaroli was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze north on Davis Road just north of Eight Mile Road at about 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the CHP.

Zagaroli stopped for a passing train, and had just started to accelerate when a 1991 Jeep Wrangler approached from behind and failed to slow down, the CHP said.

The Wrangler collided with the Cruze, spinning it clockwise and forcing it into a railroad crossing guard arm. The Jeep ended up disabled in the middle of the road, the CHP said.

Zagaroli died at the scene and his passengers were taken to area hospitals for minor to moderate injuries, officers reported.

The driver of the Jeep, identified by CHP Sgt. James Smith as 52-year-old Donald Beyette of Carson City, Nev., was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center with major injuries.

CHP officers who were at the scene suspect that Beyette was driving under the influence, and reported that alcohol will be a considered a factor during the investigation.

Zagaroli was a longtime architect with LDA Partners, LLP of Stockton. He was involved with just about every project the firm worked on, business partner Eric Wohle said.

Two of those projects included the Wine & Roses Inn and Spa and the accompanying Lodi Visitors Center at 2505 W. Turner Road, as well Lucas Winery’s tasting room at 18196 Davis Road.

Wohle confirmed Zagaroli’s passengers were his daughter and her boyfriend. Both are 29.

He said his partner was one of the most kind and generous people he had known.

“It didn’t matter what you were talking about — if you had five minutes to talk, he’d turn it into 10,” Wohle said. “He was very kind in that regard.”

Zagaroli was a gifted architect with the ability to take all kinds of materials and turn them into interesting things when drawing up plans, Wohle said.

“Watching him with construction drawings was like watching Mozart at the piano,” he said. “He had a lot to do with the heart and soul of this place. He made it fun to work here.”

Family members could not be reached for comment. Smith did not know the condition of Zagaroli’s daughter or her boyfriend.

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Cajon Pass, Calif.: Orange County man arrested in fatal DUI crash | ocregister.com

A 7-year-old boy was killed and a Buena Park man was arrested in a hit-and-run, a California Highway Patrol official said.

At 10:01 p.m. Saturday, Kimberly Cannon-Willey, 29, of Victorville, was driving a 1998 Saturn north on I-15 south of the 138 with her 5-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy when a 2008 GMC Sierra sped up behind her, rear-ended her and sped away, said CHP Officer Brian Alvarez in a statement.

The impact sent Cannon-Willey’s car barreling into a guard rail. Paramedics took all three to Desert Valley Hospital, Cannon-Willey and the girl with minor injuries and the boy with major injuries.

The boy died upon arrival at the hospital, Alvarez wrote in the statement.

Officers caught the other driver, Armando Barragan, 21, of Buena Park moments later. He was treated for minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk and hit-and-run resulting in death, the news release said.

via OC man arrested in fatal DUI crash – The Orange County Register.

Fremont, Calif.: Woman killed in I-880 DUI crash identified | sfgate.com

A woman was killed Sunday morning after she was involved in a collision with a suspected drunk driver on Interstate 880 in Fremont, police said.

The victim, identified by the medical examiner as Irma Bran Jimenez, 25, of San Jose was driving southbound in a red 1995 Honda with two passengers near Stevenson Boulevard, California Highway Patrol officials said.

It wasn’t clear what caused the crash, but a black 2015 Chrysler collided with the Honda. When CHP officers arrived, all lanes of the freeway were blocked and medics were tending to the Jimenez, but she died at the scene.

Both of the passengers in the Honda — a 22-year-old man and a 2-year-old boy, both of San Jose — were hurt. The man suffered major injuries, but the child escaped with only minor injuries, according to the CHP.

The Chrysler driver, a 23-year-old San Jose resident who was unhurt, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, officials said.

via Woman killed in I-880 crash identified – SFGate.

New Orleans: Driver in fatal Magazine Street wreck was drunk and possibly speeding, NOPD says | NOLA.com

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Luke Allison

The driver who crashed into a pole on Magazine Street over the weekend, killing his passenger in the single-car wreck, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, New Orleans police said.

Luke Allison, 24, was arrested on a charge of vehicular homicide after the crash near the intersection of Magazine Street and Nashville Avenue in Uptown. Joshua Snell, 25, was ejected from the car and died of blunt force trauma.

Police said Allison lost control while driving at a high rate of speed Sunday at 12:43 a.m.

Allison sustained minor injuries, and was interviewed shortly after the crash at Interim LSU Hospital by NOPD investigator Kevin Thompson.

Thompson wrote in an arrest report that Allison “had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath and body.” The report said blood and urine samples were collected at the hospital, then Allison was taken to the NOPD’s DWI testing facility at 1899 Tchoupitoulas St., where his breathalyzer test registered a blood alcohol level of .209. The legal limit is .08.

The arrest report also said Thompson found “very severe damage” to Allison’s car, and determined the vehicle had been driven “recklessly above the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.” The report does not give an estimate of the car’s speed when the crash occurred in the westbound side of the 5600 block of Magazine Street.

Allison was jailed pending a Nov. 24 hearing, with bond set at $50,000.

via Driver in fatal Magazine Street wreck was drunk and possibly speeding, NOPD says | NOLA.com.

Camarillo, Calif.: Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DUI in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Deputy | NBC Southern California

A driver was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and DUI early Tuesday after a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy was struck and killed as he completed a Tuesday morning traffic stop on the 101 Freeway in Camarillo.

The deputy, identified as 11-year department veteran Eugene Kostiuchenko, was just wrapping up the traffic stop near the Lewis Road on-ramp on the northbound 101 Freeway at about 1:15 a.m. when he was struck. The driver involved in the traffic stop had already left the scene, but a second deputy who had responded to the traffic stop saw the driver sideswipe his colleague as he was outside of his patrol vehicle, said Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow.

“He was finishing up that traffic stop and was about to get into his car when he was struck,” said Buschow.

Kostiuchenko was originally from Ukraine, and worked for Ventura County’s Emergency Preparedness Office. Colleagues said he wanted to become a deputy and became a U.S. citizen to be able to do so.

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Kings Co., Calif.: DUI crash kills one | fresnobee.com

A drinking driver lost control of an SUV that crashed into a Kings County cotton field and killed one passenger, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

The single-vehicle accident happened about 5:15 p.m. Sunday in Kings County on 16th Avenue south of Jackson Avenue, southwest of Lemoore.

Brittany Perez, 24, of Hanford, was at the wheel of a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe heading south and was driving too fast, the CHP said. The Tahoe drifted across the northbound lane of 16th Avenue and onto the shoulder on the east side of the road.

Perez swerved to the right, went out of control and crossed the road into a cotton field, the CHP said. The SUV rolled over and came to rest on its wheels.

Passenger Patsy Perez, 46, of Hanford, was fatally injured. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.

The victim and the driver are related, the CHP said, but the exact relationship could not be verified.

The driver was taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for treatment of injuries, then booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, felony DUI, and hit and run involving injury or death.

She was held in lieu of $85,000 bail.

Another passenger, Pedro Tafolla, 44, of Hanford, was taken to the hospital for treatment of abrasions.

via DUI accident kills one in Kings County | Crime | FresnoBee.com.