Driver with prior DUIs kills man in crash, causes pregnant woman to lose unborn baby, officials say
An Adelanto mother is grieving this week after a man with two DUI convictions drove intoxicated again and slammed into her family’s car, killing her husband and causing her to lose her unborn baby, officials and relatives said.
Alexander Delapaz-Perez, 56, was under the influence Saturday about 1:45 a.m. when he ran a stop sign on Amethyst Road at Mojave Drive and broadsided a Honda Accord, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
In the Accord were driver Angel Barranco, 35; his wife, Barbara Velasco, 23, who was seven months’ pregnant; and her mother, Monica Alarcon, 42, all from Adelanto, authorities said.
Perez was northbound when he hit the driver’s side of Barranco’s car, according to investigators.
Perez suffered minor injuries in the crash, and Angel Barranco died. Family members told KTLA that Velasco lost her baby. She and Alarcon suffered “major injuries” but survived, authorities said.
Family members have created a GoFundMe account to help with with funeral costs.
Perez was charged Tuesday with one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts each of driving drunk and causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol content above 0.08% and causing injuries.
Drivers who have prior DUI convictions and are responsible for fatal crashes while intoxicated can be charged with murder in some circumstances and the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is reviewing if Perez is eligible, officials said.
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1:50 p.m.: This article was updated with Perez’s charges.
This article was originally published at 9:35 a.m.
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