June 16, 2022

USA: DUI Driver Killed A Mother Of 3 Children In Rialto Had 4 Previoius DUI Convictions In The Past 10-Years. Another DUI Driver Killed Newly Engaged Couple In Car And Crashed Into House In Rialto.

CBS Los Angeles published Juen 10, 2022: Deadly DUI Crash In Rialto. The suspect was convicted of four DUI-related convictions. He is accused of killing a mother of three after he drove drunk once again. Nicole Comstock reports.

written by Quinn Wilson, San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.
Friday June 10, 2022

A convicted DUI driver was arrested in Rialto after he killed a Colton mother of three in a drunken driving accident that also left her husband hospitalized, police said Thursday, June 9.

On Wednesday, June 8, Rialto police officers responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 300 block of North Riverside Avenue around 9:15 p.m., the Rialto Police Department said in a news release.

A black Mercedes C63 driven by 38-year-old Richard Madrid of Fontana was found to have collided into a Chevrolet HHR driven by a Colton man and his wife, 40-year-old Priscilla Hernandez of Colton, police said. Hernandez and her husband were taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries, authorities said.

The husband was hospitalized with "significant injuries," but was said to be in stable condition, according to the Police Department.

An investigation indicated that Madrid was driving north on Riverside Avenue at a high-rate of speed and the Chevrolet was driving east on Third Street before Madrid struck them at the adjoining intersection, Rialto police said. Investigators had preliminary evidence that indicated Madrid was drunk when the crash happened, authorities said.

Madrid was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and then was booked on suspicion of murder, police said. His bail was set at $2.5 million, authorities said.

It was determined that Madrid had four DUI related convictions and was previously on felony probation out of Riverside County from 2016 through 2019 for a DUI conviction with three or more prior convictions within the past ten years, the Police Department said.

"This is yet another tragic example of what happens when a person simply doesn't care about our State's DUI laws," said Rialto Police Chief Mark P. Kling said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear if Madrid was represented by an attorney.

Anyone who may have information about the incident can contact Sgt. Dan Smith at 909-644-6025.

Fontana Herald News
written by Staff
Friday June 10, 2022

A Fontana motorist who had previous DUI convictions was charged with murder after he allegedly killed a woman and injured a man in a collision in Rialto on June 8, according to the Rialto Police Department.

The two-vehicle crash took place at 9:15 p.m. in the 300 block of North Riverside Avenue.

The vehicles involved were a black 2018 Mercedes C63, determined to be driven by a sole occupant, later identified as 38-year-old Richard Madrid.

The second vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet HHR, was determined to be driven by Juan Cordova, a resident of Colton, and his passenger, 40-year-old Priscilla Hernandez.

Hernandez was transported to a local hospital, where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries. Cordova was also transported to a local hospital for significant injuries but was in stable condition.

The initial investigation indicated a broadside collision occurred at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Third Street. Madrid was driving northbound on Riverside at a high rate of speed, while Cordova and Hernandez were driving eastbound on Third.

The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have preliminary evidence that indicated Madrid was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when the collision took place.

Madrid was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Following his discharge from the hospital, he was booked into West Valley Detention Center, and his bail was set at $2.5 million.

Police said Madrid has four DUI-related convictions and was previously on felony probation out of Riverside County from 2016 through 2019 for DUI with three or more prior convictions within the past 10 years.

“This is yet another tragic example of what happens when a person simply doesn’t care about our state’s DUI laws," Rialto Police Chief Mark B. Kling said in a statement. "This suspect’s four prior DUI convictions, including a felony, should have been message enough to change his behavior. Instead, his reckless wanton disregard for human life was evident. His selfish actions took the life of a mother, which has now left her three young children with one less parent and their father trying to figure out how life goes on. With the help of the San Bernardino County District Attorney we look forward to finally holding Richard Madrid accountable for his actions.”

Anyone who may have information about this incident can contact Traffic Sergeant Dan Smith at (909) 644-6025. Witnesses can also anonymously report information through WeTip at (800) 782-7463, reference case #932206663.

ABC7 published April 3, 2022: 2 killed when suspected drunk driver fleeing from police crashes into car, and home police say. A suspected drunk driver fleeing from police crashed into another vehicle in Rialto Saturday, killing two innocent people, investigators say.
CBS Los Angeles published April 3, 2022: Two killed after pursuit of DUI driver ends when suspect collides with car, home. The suspected 24-year-old DUI driver who led authorities on a pursuit in Colton and Rialto Saturday morning is expected to be booked for murder, after he crashed into another car and home in the area, killing two. The tenants had just moved into this home a few months ago.

ABC7 News, Los Angeles local
written by Leticia Juarez
Sunday April 3, 2022

RIALTO, Calif. -- A suspected drunk driver fleeing from police crashed into another vehicle in Rialto Saturday, killing two innocent people, investigators say.

According to police, officers with the Colton Police Department originated the pursuit of the vehicle near Pepper Avenue and the 10 Freeway.

The driver, who was identified Sunday as 24-year-old Alejandro Canchola of San Bernardino, was with another person and headed to Fontana and into Rialto, whose police officers then became involved in the chase.

At the intersection of Cedar and Randall avenues, Canchola crashed into a silver 2019 Nissan Sentra at about 1 a.m., Johnson said.

His vehicle then jumped a curb and slammed into a home.

Police say 31-year-old Aaron McDonald and 30-year-old Irene Jaramillo were inside the Nissan and died as a result of their injuries.

The person who was with Canchola at the time of the crash, identified as 21-year-old Jose Castrocota, was rushed the hospital with moderate injuries.

Canchola is now facing murder charges and remains hospitalized.

Police say he will be booked into the San Bernardino County jail upon his release.

No one inside the home was injured.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been created to help the families of McDonald and Jaramillo.

Fox11 News, Los Angeles local
written by Staff
Saturday April 2, 2022

RIALTO, Calif. - Two people were killed early Saturday morning when a police pursuit through San Bernardino County ended with a crash in Rialto.

According to police, Alejandro Canchola of San Bernardino was driving a gray Nissan Maxima, and was being chased by police from Colton into the city of Rialto shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say he was speeding north along Cedar Avenue, when he ran a red light at the intersection of Randall Avenue.

That's when his car collided with a silver Nissan Sentra traveling east and ricocheted into a nearby home. No one in the home was injured, but two people in Nissan Sentra were. Firefighters administered aid, but the driver, identified as Aaron McDonald of Bloomington, and the passenger, identified as Irene Ramos Jaramillo of Rialto, both died from their injuries in the hospital.

The two were engaged to be married, Ramos' family said. Ramos' birthday just passed on Thursday, and the couple planned to celebrate together Saturday.

"They were a perfect couple actually," said Letti Ramos, Irene Ramos' aunt. "They were engaged and it was just so beautiful, they were always so happy. That's all we could remember. It's just a very very very sad loss for everyone."

According to police, Canchola had a passenger with him in the car when he crashed. Canchola and that passenger, identified as Jose Castrocota of San Bernardino, were taken to the hospital and treated for moderate injuries.

Canchola will be booked into the San Bernardino County Jail upon his release from the hospital.

The San Bernardino Police Department is still investigating the pursuit and crash.


written by Staff
April 8, 2022

A Rialto driver who killed three people during a high-speed crash in Irvine has been sentenced to 30-years-to-life in prison after admitting to causing the DUI-fueled, two-car collision not far from the UC Irvine campus.

Jeremy Wayne Greenwood pleaded guilty last week to three second-degree murder counts, as well as a pair of DUI charges, and admitted to a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury in connection with the July 1, 2017 crash on Harvard Avenue at Michelson Drive.

Greenwood, now 35, was accused of driving his 2015 Infiniti Q50 while intoxicated around 3 a.m. on Harvard at approximately 85 miles per hour. He ran a red light, prosecutors alleged, and struck a 2014 Hyundai Elantra that was traveling westbound on Michelson through the intersection on a green light.

The force of the collision caused the Elantra to spin out and go over a sidewalk. Kasean Herrera, the 23-year-old driver of the Elantra, and his passenger, 24-year-old Jeremy Shankling, died at the scene. A second passenger, 20-year-old London Thibodeaux, died at a hospital several days later, while another passenger, a 20-year-old woman, suffered a traumatic brain injury and underwent multiple surgeries.

Witnesses pulled Greenwood from his car and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition. After a five-month investigation, Irvine detectives arrested Greenwood.

Greenwood’s past DUI conviction in Los Angeles – when he was explicitly warned of the dangers of driving drunk and the possible penalty should he be involved in a fatal DUI crash – allowed Orange County prosecutors to file second-degree murder charges against him rather than lesser charges of vehicular manslaughter. Had he been convicted at trial, Greenwood could have faced up to 51-years-to-life behind bars.

Orange County District Attorney Spokeswoman Kimberly Edds said the plea deal Greenwood accepted was negotiated between the prosecution and defense. Family members of the victims supported the deal, Edds said, since it brought finality to the case without going through a court trial or potential appeals process.

Herrera and Shankling were close friends and UC Irvine graduates who were working as software engineers at the time of the crash. Thibodeaux and the woman who survived the crash were UCI students at the time.


written by KNX 1070 News Radio Los Angeles City News Service
Tuesday April 26, 2022

LONG BEACH (CNS) - A repeat DUI offender was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in state prison for a crash that killed a woman in Long Beach just over four years ago.

Judge Laura Laesecke imposed the term on Richard Wade Roberts, 54, of Long Beach, in connection with the Jan. 27, 2018, crash that killed Bridget Ingham, 49, according to Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Chiu.

Roberts -- whom court records indicate had six prior DUI convictions dating back as far as 1983 -- pleaded no contest on March 28 to one count of second-degree murder.

Roberts was behind the wheel of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma that broadsided the driver's side of a 2007 Honda Fit at 8th Street and Euclid Avenue, Long Beach police said shortly after the crash.

Ingham was on her way to meet a friend to go to a movie when her vehicle was struck, according to her obituary, which noted that she had "elected to donate her organs and it has given us some peace that she could help others even through her death." The woman taught yoga and was a 20-year employee of the Irish pub O'Malley's On Main in Seal Beach.

No comments: