KTLA Channel 5 LA’s Very Own News reported recently that a man has been charged with murder following a motor vehicle accident Sunday in which a young teenager with autism was killed in Costa Mesa.
According to officials with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, a parolee from Long Beach, 59 years of age, has been charged with murder for his role in a crash that led to the death of a young teenager around 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. The man has already been convicted of DUI for a prior incident, which renders him eligible for murder charges under California sentencing guidelines. Officials with the Costa Mesa Police Department say the wreck occurred when the man was driving a pickup truck eastbound on Arlington Drive as a young boy 12 years of age and the boy’s father were riding bicycles along the road.
The pickup driver ran the stop sign at the intersection of Arlington and Junipero Drive and struck the young boy. A bystander attempted CPR, and police officers also provided first aid prior to the boy being taken to the hospital, but the boy succumbed to wounds sustained in the wreck. The truck driver was arrested at the scene of the accident, as was his passenger, who was arrested on drug charges.