A tragic auto accident left two children dead this past Labor Day. The children’s step-father now faces charges of second-degree murder.
The accident occurred along Highway 166 near New Cuyama.
36-year-old Jerald B. Holman of Bakersfield was driving a red Toyota Camry westbound and drifted into the eastbound lanes while negotiating a curve. He attempted to swerve back into the westbound lanes, but for reasons unknown, ended up back in the eastbound lane.
Holman hit an oncoming vehicle, which was occupied by Aaron and Katherine Pyne and two children. The force of the impact sent the Toyota into the air, causing it to roll. The rear passenger compartment split from the vehicle, ejecting the two children in the Toyota.
A seven-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Pynes suffered minor and moderate injuries in the crash. Their children were said to have suffered from leg fractures.
Holman was arrested after being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He was initially charged with felony DUI. The charges were later upgraded to include two charges of Second Degree Murder and two counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated.
Holman’s arraignment is scheduled for September 9th at San Luis Obispo Superior Court at 8:30 a.m.
Holman faces a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted.
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