A fatal car collision that occurred near Coachella, California has resulted in the deaths of three children and one adult. On Monday, October 27, 2008 at 1 a.m., a 2009 Cadillac CTS ran a stop sign and ploughed into a 1995 Ford Taurus.
Andres Z. Luna, a 33-year old from Thermal, California, was driving the Cadillac that killed the passengers of the Taurus â€" an 11-month old, a 7-year old, an 8-year old and a 30-year old woman. None of the victims’ names have yet been released by the authorities.
Following the accident, Luna was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, as well as on four counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Details of the Accident
The car crash took place at Avenue 62 and Harrison Street in the desert town known as Coachella. After Luna ran a stop sign and crashed into the Taurus, the Taurus started spinning out-of-control, which only ended when the car rammed into a couple of concrete posts and a fire hydrant.
Upon these final impacts, the Taurus split in half. The Cadillac, on the other hand, remained intact following the crash.
While the three kids in the Taurus were thrown from the car during the events of the accident, the woman was still lodged in the wrecked vehicle. All four were already dead when authorities arrived at the scene.
Luna Faces Felony DUI and Vehicular Manslaughter Charges
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating whether or not Luna was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of this tragic auto accident.
Authorities haven’t specified whether Luna submitted to a breathalyzer or whether a blood test was taken to evaluate his sobriety. As a result, Luna’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the crash is still unknown.
If convicted of felony DUI and four counts of vehicular manslaughter, Luna could face up to 40 years in a California State Prison, as each count of “Gross Vehicular Manslaughter with a DUI” carries up to a 10-year sentence.
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