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Arraignment set today for driver of car that killed Livermore mother, her 14-month-old daughter

Victims were struck when vehicle crashed through fence off Murrieta Boulevard

The driver involved in an alleged DUI crash that took the life of a woman and her baby when a car crashed into an apartment in Livermore Saturday evening will be arraigned today on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury.

The crash killed Esperanza Morales-Rodriguez, 46, of Seaside near Monterey, and her 14-month-old daughter, Yulidia Perez-Morales, and injured two boys, ages 6 and 7.

Livermore police Officer Ryan Sanchez said Brian Jones, a 35-year-old Livermore resident, was allegedly driving at high speeds on Murrieta Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle. Sanchez said the mother and daughter were walking on a paved path between the sidewalk and an apartment complex when Jones's vehicle allegedly struck them.

Medical personnel pronounced both mother and daughter dead where the vehicle hit them, Sanchez said.

Police said debris from the crash struck two boys who were taken to a hospital and are in stable condition

Preliminary tests indicate that Jones was driving with a 0.13% blood-alcohol content or higher, Sanchez said. Investigators believe Jones had been drinking at the Livermore Wine Country Festival prior to the crash, which occurred at roughly 6:50 p.m.

"We know that he was at the wine country festival, but we don't know what time he left," Sanchez said. "They stopped serving alcohol at 5 p.m. and the crash happened about an hour and 50 minutes later."

Sanchez said that the wine festival is permitted by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and vendors receive training about serving intoxicated individuals. Livermore police also maintain a presence at the festival, identifying visibly intoxicated people and helping them find sober rides, according to Sanchez.

There are unanswered questions about when Jones stopped drinking and what he did after leaving the wine festival, according to Sanchez, but police will be looking into those questions as the investigation continues.

"With a crime of this magnitude we focus on the collision itself and then over time we branch out," Sanchez said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information about the events that led up to the fatal incident is asked to contact the Livermore Police Department at (925) 371-4777.

Contributions to help the family are being accepted at the Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/tnamy8/

Dave Brooksher/Jamey Padojino, Bay City News, contributed to this story.

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Posted by Attendee
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

Such a tragedy... condolences to the family.

I attended the festival on Sunday. While it was an "all you can drink" event they did not make it easy to get as polluted as this guy is reported to have been (0.2 in news reports). Wine/beer tents were clustered in out of the way places (not near vendors), and they poured small 1 ounce (?) tastes (wine), so one would have to stand there at the tents slugging back the sample and repeatedly return to get another taste. Beer glasses were a little larger, but there were a lot fewer breweries pouring. He must have gotten his drunk on somewhere else. The few police I noticed were clustered around the motorcycles on one end. Presence wasn't there Sunday afternoon.

Organizers need to take a lesson from successful events like MVA&W. While their selection of vendors was great as was the use of space, I won't return unless they change the format for wine tasting. It was not worth the $40 ticket.


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Posted by michelle
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

Another news outlet is saying the DA is still reviewing the case and charges were not filed today. The story did not indicate if the bail was raised, but with no charges, I doubt it. $350K bail for killing two people is pathetic especially since he was previously convicted of DUI.


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Posted by carlos
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm

I wonder how long he'll last in prison. Inmates have their own justice system for those who kill kids.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on May 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm

This guy will never make it to jail, we all know that if you have plenty of money you will either "walk" or it will drag on so long that we will all forget about it!! Case in point, how about that lawyer who ran down a pedestrian then tried to hide his damaged Mercedes, caught red handed days later but still dodging jail time, life is good if you have money!!!


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