A tragic Orange car crash occurred in September, killing one, injuring another, and possibly ending with one man in jail.
Edward Stanley Butler, of San Bernardino, hit another car around 5 p.m. on September 8, 2010. Tamiko Kaminaga, the 60-year-old driver of the other vehicle, was making a left turn out of a parking lot when Butler failed to stop or even slow down.
According to the news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Kaminaga made a legal left turn. She was killed in the crash, and her 17-year-old son, Jorge Maresch, sustained facial lacerations and a broken nose.
Orange police officers found an empty vodka bottle in Butler’s vehicle and noticed that he displayed signs of intoxication. Butler, a 70-year-old man, was slurring his speech following the crash and appeared to have watery, red eyes. Police tested his blood alcohol level moments after the crash and found it to be at .22 percent.
On Thursday, January 13, 2011, Butler was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. His arraignment is still to come, as he will face a maximum of four years in prison if he is convicted of this crime.
We are saddened to hear of this tragic loss of life, and send our thoughts and condolences to the victim’s family and friends.
If you have been injured in an Orange County car crash caused by a drunk driver, contact the Law Offices of John P. Burns at (877)320-1338 today.