Fullerton, Calif.: Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal crash | latimes.com

An Orange County woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter after an early morning crash that left a motorcyclist dead, Fullerton police said.

Deanna Marie Soto, 39 of Huntington Beach, was arrested in connection with a 2 a.m. crash at the intersection of West Walnut Avenue and South Lemon Street in Fullerton.

Robert Lavender III, 29, of Carson, collided with Soto as she made a left turn, police said. Lavender’s Harley-Davidson struck the Nissan Sentra’s right rear corner.

Lavender was pronounced dead at the scene, the Orange County coroner’s office said.

The intersection is just south of the Fullerton Metrolink station and does not have a traffic light.

After the crash, Soto complained of pain and was taken to an area hospital, said Fullerton police Lt. Mike Chlebowski.

One of the Sentra’s two other occupants was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Authorities booked Soto into Orange County Central Jail on $100,000 bail. She is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

via Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal Orange County crash – Los Angeles Times.

Santa Ana: DUI Suspect Critically Hurt, Passenger Killed In Crash | CBS Los Angeles

A man suspected of driving drunk and speeding careened his BMW sport sedan Saturday into a concrete freeway barrier in Santa Ana.

The driver was critically injured and a man seated in the passenger seat died, according to Santa Ana police Sgt. Don Humphrey.

Shortly after 2 a.m., the motorist was heading eastbound on 1st Street, approaching a 5 Freeway over-crossing near Western Avenue, when he sped through several red lights, according to witnesses.

The BMW plowed into a concrete barrier on the southeast corner of the freeway on-ramp, crushing the front of the vehicle and damaging the barrier.

Officers say the needle of the BMW’s speedometer was stuck at 82 mph after the impact.

The  man in the passenger seat, 21-year-old Bryan Meza, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition. Police have not released his name, only saying that he’s in his 20s.

Police say he was driving without a license and has been issued a California Index number for his history of speeding violations. They suspect he may have been driving under the influence.

Humphrey says the investigation is ongoing and charges against the driver are pending.

via DUI Suspect Critically Hurt, Passenger Killed In Santa Ana Crash « CBS Los Angeles.

San Luis Obispo, Calif.: Man charged with manslaughter, DUI in teen’s death | sanluisobispo.com

A man who allegedly drove into the wrong lane, killing a Los Osos teen, was formally charged with vehicular manslaughter Friday. Meanwhile, the brothers and sisters of 18-year-old Jackson Garland continued mourning the death of their youngest sibling.

Alexander Paul Gonzales, 22, of Paso Robles will appear in San Luis Obispo Superior Court for his initial arraignment Monday.

Gonzales, a Liberty High School graduate who has no criminal history in this county, was charged with the felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence with an enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.

According to the CHP, Gonzales was speeding north on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos around 5:07 p.m. Wednesday, when his Dodge Charger veered into the southbound lane, where Garland was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier.

After the collision that followed, Garland was pronounced dead at the scene.Toxicology and accident reports are still pending, said CHP officer Richard Lee.

Garland’s oldest sister, Jenn Garland, said the teen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and spent the first three years of his life there before moving west with his mother.

The rest of his siblings — two brothers and two sisters — as well as his father, Jim Garland, still live in Maryland. They learned of his death late Wednesday.

“Our family here in Maryland has been crying since last night,” Jenn Garland wrote in an email Thursday.

read more hereMan charged with manslaughter, DUI in Los Osos teen’s death | Local News | SanLuisObispo.

Port St. Lucie, Fla: Family grieving after man killed by suspected drunk driver | wptv.com

Port St. Lucie police say a drunk driver is responsible for killing a Port St. Lucie man Thursday night.

Police arrested 25-year-old Matthew Martinez, of Dothan, Alabama, on Friday.

He has been charged for manslaughter, and causing the accident that killed 21-year-old Gaetan Narcisse at the intersection of California Blvd. and Del Rio Blvd.

Police say Martinez had a BAC level that was twice the legal limit.

Gaetan’s sister, Laura Narcisse, says Gaetan was on his way to work the night shift at Walmart around 10:30 Thursay night. Police say Martinez was speeding, ran through a stop sign and T-boned Gaetan as he was turning in the intersection. Gaetan was only half a mile from his home.”He was like my best friend,” Laura said.

Laura says Gaetan would have been receiving his bachelor’s degree this year in criminal justice.

“I mean, I’m still in shock. I still can’t believe it. Just thinking about him not coming back is what hurts,” Laura said.

Nearby neighbor, Maria Ford, heard the accident and says it sounded like an explosion.

“There’s no reason why you can’t see the red blinking light,” Ford said.

When Ford heard the crash, she says she ran outside and held Gaetan’s hand until medics arrived and pronounced him dead.

“I’m thankful that I was there for their son… Children are supposed to be burying you, you’re not supposed to be burying your children,” Ford said.

Police say in the last year, there have been 7 other crashes in that intersection, mostly minor. Police say this is the only fatal crash in that intersection this year.

Laura wants other drivers to learn from her loss, hoping they will slow down and sober up before getting on the road.

“My goal is just to get justice for my brother, because at the end of the day, it wasn’t his time to go.”

Police say Martinez is still in the hospital, but will be booked in the St. Lucie County jail when he is released.

via Gaetan Narcisse: Family grieving after police say he was killed by drunk driver – wptv.com.

Providence, RI: Driver in fatal crash faces DUI charges | turnto10.com

Police have arrested the driver in connection with a crash in North Providence that killed one of his passengers and injured another.

Daniel Gautreau, 21, of Providence, was arrested Thursday and charged with driving to endanger death resulting, driving to endanger causing bodily injury, driving under the influence – death resulting, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and reckless driving. He was arraigned in front of a justice of the peace and released on $10,000 surety bail. Gautreau is scheduled to be formally arraigned Monday in Providence District Court.

Police said Gautreau was drunk and behind the wheel at about 1 a.m. when he lost control of his car in the 1200 block of Mineral Spring Avenue and struck a telephone pole. The car was split in two.

Dominic Guziejka, 21, of Pawtucket, was killed. He was sitting in the backseat and was thrown from the car. Another passenger remains hospitalized. Gautreau also suffered injuries.NBC 10 learned that the group was leaving a party and about to drop Guziejka off at home when the car crashed.

Crystal Guziejka, Dominic’s mother, told NBC 10 that she was upset to learn that Gautreau was already out of the hospital.

She told NBC 10 on Thursday that her son was an “awesome kid” and that he loved animals. He owned snakes as well as a dog.

“He’s great. He’s the best son that a mother could ever have,” Crystal Guziejka said.

Dominic Guziejka was studying auto and diesel mechanics, but was taking a break from school.

via Driver in fatal North Providence crash faces DUI charges – News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England.

Evansville, Ind.: Woman Arrested After Deadly Crash | tristatehomepage.com

Maria Stevens

A woman is now under arrest after a car crash that killed one man.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office arrested Maria Stevens on charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated causing Death.

The arrest comes after the crash on June 15 at New Harmony Road just west of Koressel Road. Authorities originally thought Ronald Boback, who died in the crash, was the driver of the vehicle.

But, an investigation revealed that  Stevens was driving the vehicle when crashed, ejecting Boback from the vehicle.

Investigators found that Stevens had a 0.12 blood alcohol content. Stevens has been taken into custody at the Vanderburgh County Confinement Center and remains there until her initial court appearance.

via Woman Arrested After Deadly Crash – Tristatehomepage – Eyewitness News.

Cincinnati: Suspected drunk driver indicted for causing crash that killed teen | local12.com

A grand jury indicts a suspected drunk driver for causing the crash that killed his son’s friend.

Larry Molloy is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, child endangering and tampering with evidence. Police say Molloy drove his teenage son and two of his friends to Newport on the Levee on March 9. As they returned to Anderson on I-275, they say Molloy was driving more than 100 miles per hour. He lost control of his SUV and slammed into a guardrail.

Damien Henderson was thrown from the SUV and killed. He was not wearing a seat belt. Molloy, his son and another teen were not hurt. Henderson was a sophomore at Amelia High School. His mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Molloy.

Molloy is charged with child endangering because he has a previous conviction of driving drunk with his son in the car in 2007. He faces a tampering with evidence charge because police say he tossed bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade off an overpass after the crash.

via Suspected drunk driver charged with causing crash that killed teen – Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati – Top Stories.