Suspected DUI Driver Pleads Not Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder Charges
SANTA ANA, Calif. (June 5, 2018) – Elias Juarez, 50, of Temecula and James Sanderson, 35, of San Marcos, have been identified as the two construction workers killed Thursday by a suspected DUI driver on East Santiago Canyon Road, according to the Orange County District Attorney.
On Monday, Hipolito Paez-Vazquez, 30, a repeat DUI offender, plead not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder following his arrest for last week’s fatal collision. Paez-Vazquez, who is unlicensed, was found to have a .12 blood-alcohol level in his body, well above the legal limit of .08. Court records show he also failed to appear for his arraignment in the previous 2014 DUI case.
He will be back in the courtroom on June 15 for a pre-trail hearing. That case is pending.
Juarez and Sanderson were struck by Paez about 8:48 p.m. as they were working on East Santiago Canyon Road east of Jamboree Road. They worked for an independent contractor and had their pickup truck parked in a bike lane. Paez reportedly slammed into the back of that truck which struck them.
Paez-Vazquez remained at the scene and was arrested.
Fatal Accident Investigation
Police are investigating this collision to determine fault. At this time, it is apparent that the suspected DUI driver is to blame for this collision and will be held responsible.
Our prayers go out to those affected by this horrible crash.
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