According to this recent article in the Santa Maria Times, law enforcement officials have filed vehicular manslaughter and California DUI charges against Jesus Martinez, 20, of Los Angeles. The charges stem from an automobile accident early in February in which a passenger in Martinez’ car suffered severe injuries that caused his death. According to law enforcement officials, Martinez was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when the car he was driving collided with a tractor trailer sometime during the evening of February 5, 2009.
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against Martinez, which include vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury (a special allegation that great bodily injury was caused), and a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license.
Officials claim that Martinez’ passenger, Alejandro Miguel Perez, 20, address unknown, was killed when the car Martinez was driving collided with a huge rig near the intersection of Betteravia Road and Black Road. Martinez was set to appear and be formally charged in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria the following Friday.
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