A Ladera Ranch, California, man has been arraigned for allegedly driving 100 mph while drunk and causing a horrific crash that killed 51-year-old motorist Brook Boynton.
NEWPORT BEACH, California - A motorist has been accused of vehicular homicide for alleged drunk driving which resulted in a fatal crash at 100 mph on a toll road.
The Orange County District Attorney's office said Richard Ernest Caselli, 37, of Ladera Ranch, California, was arraigned Monday on one count of vehicular homicide and gross negligence while intoxicated in connection with the crash in which 51-year-old motorist Brook Boynton was killed instantly.
If convicted, Caselli faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
The district attorney's office said the accident occurred at approximately 6:25 p.m. last Friday as the accused drove his Volvo sedan at 100 mph on State Route 73 just north of Laguna Canyon Road.
Police allege Caselli lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a Nissan sport utility driven by Boynton, the charges state.
"The force of the crash caused the victim's car to spin out of control and roll, ejecting Boynton onto the right shoulder. The victim was killed as a result of his injuries," said the district attorney's office.
"Caselli's vehicle also came to a stop. When contacted by police at the scene, Caselli is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and omitting an odor of alcohol," the district attorney's office alleged.