POMONA, California (January 5, 2015) – Raymond Simon Alvarado, 21, of San Bernardino plead not guilty today in court to two counts felony drunk driving charges and hit-and-run after he seriously injured two people in a West Covina car crash on Dec. 30, according to news reports.
He faces an additional criminal charge for causing great bodily injury to the two victims. The suspected drunk driver also is being charged with a misdemeanor for driving his Honda Civic without a valid license.
Alvarado is being accused of driving under the influence on the night of December 30 about 9:15 p.m. Police say he was speeding when he drove through two red traffic lights and then crashed into the driver of an Acura Integra at the intersection of Azusa and Rowland avenues. Both the driver and the passenger who were in the Acura were seriously injured, but instead of rendering aid to the victims Alvarado ran away on foot. A witness pointed him out to police and he was captured at the scene.
The suspect has remained in jail since his arrest where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28 for a preliminary hearing. Should he be convicted of this crime he faces up to 11 years in prison.
“This is a tough lesson for this young man to face, but his victims are the ones who have suffered the most and who deserve justice for what was done to them,” said Attorney James Johnson. “Hopefully other young people learn from this young man’s mistake and do not get behind the wheel drunk.”
If you have legal questions following a car accident, contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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