Suspected DUI Driver Arrested After Crash Killing a Family

According to an article appearing on The Tribune of San Luis Obispo’s website, a man who was already on probation for driving under the influence of alcohol was involved in a wrong-way crash last month that killed a family.

According to a statement released by the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident happened on November 23, 2021, on Interstate 80. The wrong-way driver has been identified as 32-year-old Michael Scott Kelley of Sacramento County. 

Kelley drove his Jeep the wrong way on the Interstate when he crashed head-on with a Honda Civic carrying five people who were on their way to vacation in the Grand Canyon for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The victims include a father, a mother, and their three children.  A nine-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy were killed in the accident, while the third child, a four-year-old boy, survived the crash.   

The boy was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Authorities say that the boy is expected to make a full recovery.

Kelley was taken to Renown Hospital for treatment of major injuries. He has been hospitalized since the crash.

Court documents indicate that Kelley had been on probation for a previous DUI.

Nevada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says that Kelley will face four charges of murder and four charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. If convicted of the charges, Kelley could be facing life in prison.

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