Sunday, October 14, 2007

Manslaughter DUI charge after California rain accident

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California DUI

A Lakewood man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a California DUI - driving under the influence after a car accident in a flood control left his passenger dead.

Fernando Alvarez, 32, was driving a 1992 Nissan Stanza northbound on Long Beach Boulevard on the east service road Saturday when for unknown reasons, he lost control of his car, acording to the Long Beach Police Department.

The Nissan allegedly went up on a curb and through a fence on the 4600 block of Long Beach Boulevard, fell 25 feet and landed upside down in a flood control, where the water level was about two to three feet deep.

Alvarez was allegedly able to escape the vehicle and was found near the scene when police arrived at 1:53 a.m.

His 35-year-old passenger was unable to get out of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Alvarez was transported to a local hospital for a broken clavicle and minor scrapes and bruises.

He was allegedly found to be California DUI - under the influence of alcohol and was booked for vehicular manslaughter, California Drunk Driving - driving under the influence and driving without a valid driver's license.

Police believe the primary cause of the accident was that Alvarez was impaired, but the investigation continues.