Anaheim resident, A.S., has been charged with killing three women after
hitting them with his car. He was allegedly
driving under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred. Around 11:00 on February 9, the victims were
reportedly walking home from a baby shower when they decided to cross
at Western and Del Monte. There was no marked crosswalk at this spot,
but the prosecutors say that doesn't matter since pedestrians are
allowed to cross in an unmarked intersection and they have the right of way.
Witnesses say that the area is well lit, so A.S. should have seen the women
walking across the street, even at night. According to the Orange County
District Attorney's office, the women were all related to each other,
a mother, daughter, and cousin. The daughter, who was 21, had recently
gotten engaged to her boyfriend of five years. Family and friends held
a memorial service for them earlier this week at the site of the crash.
The police who were investigating the scene of the crime report that the
man was driving with BAC levels of 0.17 percent, and barely even slowed
down before he hit the women, who all died on impact. He has been charged
with three felony counts of manslaughter, one felony count of DUI, one
felony count of driving with a BAC level higher than the legal limit and
causing bodily injury.
According to court documents, A.S. pled guilty to a drug crime in 1997,
possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He spent 90
days in jail for this conviction. Four years later, he allegedly violated
his probation so he spent another 16 months in prison. A.S. was being
held on $500,000 bail, but his attorney got it lowered to $300,000 after
arguing that his former cases should not be considered because of their
age. If you have been charged with DUI or
vehicular manslaughter, then please get in touch with Orange County criminal defense lawyer
Jacqueline Goodman so that she can help you fight for justice! Call today or complete the
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