PasadenaNow.com reported that murder charges have been filed against a Pasadena man accused of being drunk when he hit a pedestrian with his car last Friday on Washington Boulevard.
The 48-year-old man, a repeat DUI offender, reportedly had a blood-alcohol content level of nearly twice the legal .08 limit after the collision, which occurred around 11:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Palm Terrace, according to a spokesperson for the Pasadena Police. A 36-year-old man was crossing Washington Boulevard at an unmarked intersection when the suspect, driving a GMC SUV west on the roadway, fatally struck the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The suspect remained at the scene of the accident, where officers took him into custody after determining him to be under the influence of alcohol. Under California’s DUI laws, his prior convictions for DUI in 1999 and 2003 rendered him eligible for murder charges, which were enacted following an investigation.
The suspect appeared in court according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and entered no plea. His arraignment was scheduled for Thursday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court. His bail has been set at $2000000.