Although California has an established a blood-alcohol content limit of .08% when driving, a person’s abilities begin becoming affected long before this level. For example, after just two drinks, a 160lb man will have an approximate BAC of 0.02%. This can cause a decline in visual function and the inability to do two tasks at once. After 3 drinks, that man will have a BAC of 0.05%. This results in reduced coordination and difficulty steering as well as a diminished ability to react to emergency situations. After four drinks, that man is legally considered drunk at 0.08%, resulting in difficulty in speed control and short-term memory loss.
31-year-old Miguel Rubalcava was driving a 2007 Mazda east on the San Bernadino (10) Freeway in Pomona. At about 4:23 a.m., Rubalcava crossed all lanes of traffic at an unknown speed just east of Dudley Street.
There was a 2002 Honda that had been disabled and blocking lane 1. The driver of that vehicle was identified only as a 30-year-old man.
Rubalcava hit the Honda, causing the Mazda to begin spinning, where it hit another vehicle, a 2002 Cadillac Escalade that was being driven by 30-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez. Gonzalez was in the carpool lane.
The man who had been driving the Honda suffered from fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rubalcava suffered from minor injuries in the accident. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Gonzalez did not suffer from any injuries.