RIVERSIDE, California (July 15, 2013) – Michael Manuel, 43, of Riverside was killed early Saturday morning after being struck by an suspected teenage drunken driver while he was walking on a sidewalk in front of 5894 Crest Avenue, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.
About 2:30 a.m., police told the coroner that Joel Guzman-Mena, 18, was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi pickup truck on this small, two-lane residential street when he reportedly veered off the roadway onto the sidewalk and struck Manuel who died at the scene.
Guzman-Mena was subsequently arrested on DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges and booked into jail, but was later released on $75,000 bail, according to an article in the Press Enterprise.
“Underage drinking is a huge problem in our society,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Sadly this young man’s actions have had fatal consequences.”
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) there were an estimated 10,839 people killed in the United States due to DUI crashes in 2009. That’s roughly a third of all traffic accidents in the country and it’s a statistic that the non-profit organization is working hard to bring down.
Riverside Drunk Driving Statistics
There were seven people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in the city of Riverside in 2010, according to statistics compiled by the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. Additionally, five people were killed in the city that year in pedestrian accidents, the report said. Overall, 69 or roughly a third of the 190 deaths in Riverside County were attributed to DUI crashes
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