Suspected DUI Driver on Probation Due in Court in Winchester

My News LA reports that a 22-year-old Wildomar man on probation will be arraigned in court on Friday to face charges of second-degree murder, DUI, and other related offenses.

According to court documents, on April 29, Willie Eddie Salazar was driving a Honda Civic on Domenigoni Parkway east of Patterson Avenue when he slammed into a Chevrolet Malibu.

Inside the Chevrolet Malibu was a 32-year-old Menifee woman and a 31-year-old man from Hemet. The woman driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while the male passenger suffered major injuries. The man was still in the hospital recovering from his injuries at the time of the report. 

California Highway Patrol Officer Jason Montez said that Salazar was also injured in the crash and treated at an area hospital before being arrested and taken into custody.

In addition to the charge of second-degree murder, Salazar is facing two counts of felony DUI resulting in serious injury or death. In this latest crash, Salazar was driving after his license had been suspended after a previous DUI conviction.

Salazar has remained in custody at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside County in lieu of a bond of $1 million. A public defender was assigned to him on Wednesday, May 18, by Riverside Superior Court Judge Singerton.

Salazar has been scheduled to appear for his arraignment hearing on Friday morning at the Banning Justice Center.

Related Frequently Asked Questions