Is Convicted DUI Offender Guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter?

Police arrested a Victorville man for vehicular manslaughter after he caused a fatal crash Saturday night. The collision happened around 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Mojave Drive and Amethyst Road. According to police, 56-year-old Alexander Delapaz-Perez failed to stop at a stop sign on northbound Amethyst Road and broadsided a westbound Honda Accord.

The Honda driver, 35-year-old Angel Barranco, was trapped in his vehicle. Firefighters extracted him using the Jaws of Life. He was then taken to the hospital for major injuries. Barranco later passed away from his injuries.

Barranco’s 23-year-old wife Barbara Velasco—who is 7 months pregnant—and his mother-in-law, 42-year-old Monica Alarcon, were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Both passengers were also rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

Vehicular Manslaughter Suspect Has DUI History

Delapaz-Perez was hospitalized for minor injuries before being taken into custody. He faces charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury. The suspect allegedly has prior DUI convictions.

Police continue to investigate the deadly crash. Anyone with information should contact Victorville Police at (760) 241-2911.

“It is unconscionable that a convicted DUI offender ended up back behind the wheel to cause this deadly crash,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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