Monday, December 10, 2007

16 years prison for killing 2 people in California DUI crash

California Drunk Driving DUI criminal lawyer info

A Fullerton California man who killed two people when he rammed their car off the road while driving drunk was sentenced Friday to 16 years and four months in prison.

Brandon Friend, 22, was on probation and was driving on a suspended license when he raced his late-model BMW on an Irvine street on July 7, 2004 and crashed into a classic MGB driven by George Macchiorola Jr., 51, of Aliso Viejo.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Price said Friend had a blood-alcohol level of .23 – nearly three times the legal limit.

Macchiorola's orange roadster was knocked off the road and into a tree and a light pole. Firemen cut Macchiorola and passenger Debbie D. Scannell, 42, of Irvine, out of the wreckage but they died soon afterward from massive internal injuries.

Michael Lumary, 63, Friend's grandfather, tried to take the blame for the crash to protect his grandson after Friend fled from the scene. Lumary was convicted in September of obstructing justice and accessory after the fact.

The California DUI attorney has yet to make a statement. Sentencing was delayed until next Friday. Lumary faces a possible three-year term in prison.