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NEWS
March 14, 2004
Five lives were ruined in the course of 24 hours and all signs point to drunken driving as the root of the problem. Andre Felipe De Oliveira Braga died after being hit by a black Mitsubishi Eclipse while crossing the road. John Garazulis was with him and is now faced with the possibility of permanent paralysis and brain damage. Pawel Stanislaw Wiater, the alleged driver of the Eclipse, now faces charges of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter.
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NEWS
March 7, 2004
Lolita Harper A 21-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a Friday night accident that left his friend in critical condition with a fractured skull, police said Saturday. William Bunnet, who was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe that rolled over near the intersection of Paularino Avenue and Jian Way on Friday, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he allegedly ran a red light and struck a BMW sedan on the way home from a skiing trip, Costa Mesa Sgt. Phil Myer said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 12, 2013
A motorist pleaded guilty Friday to accidentally hitting and killing a Newport Beach doctor as she bicycled with her husband along Newport Coast, court records show. Michael Jason Lopez, 40, of Anaheim, admitted in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana to one felony count of injury hit-and-run and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He was sentenced to four years in prison and one year in county jail. Catherine "Kit" Campion Ritz, 57, of Irvine, died in the Sept.
NEWS
March 16, 2004
Flo Martin Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, in the case of "Man killed in front of local bar" (Daily Pilot, March 6) and "Charges delayed for crash suspect" (Daily Pilot, March 10), I bring the following facts to your attention. First, a suspect allegedly drinks, then allegedly drives and finally allegedly kills one person and maims another. Now, that suspect is charged with vehicular manslaughter. I favor charging the driver with second degree murder, defined as killing someone while consciously doing something that one knows (heavy emphasis on "knows")
NEWS
June 4, 2003
Christine Carrillo Their hands covered their mouths. Tears rolled down their faces. Some squeezed their eyes tightly closed and others stared at the ground. They had entered a mortuary preparation room. They stood among dead bodies covered in white sheets, could feel the cold air flowing from the cooler that held them and could smell the chemicals used to prepare them. They had entered a world that represented the fatal realities of drunk driving.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 23, 2010
As Newport Beach interim Police Chief Robert Luman said, you probably don’t want to meet Officer Tracy McKenzie while he’s on the job. That’s because McKenzie’s good at what he does — finding impaired drivers. McKenzie, who has been with the department since 1998, was named Tuesday morning as Officer of the Year at the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 39th annual Police Appreciation Breakfast at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. McKenzie is the department’s designated DUI enforcement officer.
LOCAL
By Paul Anderson and Joseph Serna | May 21, 2008
A jury found an Irvine woman guilty Wednesday morning in connection with a 2006 accident that killed a Costa Mesa teacher. Janene Johns, 53, was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter after hitting Candace Tift Aug. 23, 2006 with her Lexus as Tift was riding her bike. Prosecutors said Johns was on a cocktail of prescription drugs Xanax, Ambien sleeping pills and cough medicine when the accident happened. Johns' defense tried to argue that she was so grief-stricken by the death of her husband weeks before the accident that she was in an unconscious state when the accident happened, meaning she was not liable.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 13, 2009
A Costa Mesa man was charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol Friday, two days after police said he hit another man’s car with his Porsche and caused that driver to lose control and smash into a light pole in Newport Beach. Jeffrey Kirby, 51, is charged with contributing to the death of Charles “Mask” Lewis Jr., 45, of Huntington Beach, who died early Wednesday when his 2004 Ferrari Modena got ripped in two after slamming into a light pole on Jamboree Road north of Eastbluff Drive.
LOCAL
By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 3, 2007
A Costa Mesa man, Jose Gustavo Castillo, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and three counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with a multiple-vehicle car crash Friday night, Watch Commander Keith Davis of the Costa Mesa Police Department said. Three Costa Mesa men involved in a multiple-vehicle car crash Friday at 8:48 p.m. were pronounced dead at the scene. All died as a result of the accident, Coroner Larry Esslinger said. The fourth victim, Castillo, is still being treated for critical injuries at Western Medical Center, Davis said.
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