It’ll be a sad Mother’s Day for one California family after a 40-year-old mom and her 14-month-old daughter were mowed down and killed last Saturday, May 2, by the allegedly drunk driver of a Corvette.
Police say Brian Jones, 35, of Livermore has been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.
Jones is accused of running over Esperanza Morales and her daughter, Juli Morales, with his Corvette as they strolled along Murrieta Boulevard with two other family members, boys ages 6 and 7, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Mrs. Morales leaves behind her husband and a 10-year-old son.
A Livermore police spokesman said they believe Jones had been drinking at the Livermore Wine Country Festival hours before the crash, and ABC News has reported that Jones’ blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent after being tested.
Photos show the mangled Corvette coming to rest between a tree and a building after leaving the road, plowing through a power supply box, sideswiping two trees, and ramming into a back patio as a first communion party took place nearby at 6:50 p.m.
Santiago Hernandez was at the party and ran over to help the victims. “We tried to do the best we can and unfortunately we cannot do much,” he said.
Neighbors and strangers offered their condolences at a memorial that began to gather at the site.
“I have a little one. I have my wife and I have an 18-month-old son too, so it’s pretty intense,” Dustin Riker said.
“It just makes me think about my family and how in the blink of an eye your whole life has changed,” Patric Rogers said.
Ryan Male brought his son to see the scene of the accident, pointing out “it”s a good lesson for my son here to know that drinking and driving, they just never go together.”
Witnesses to the crash or anyone with more information information about the events that led up to the fatal incident is asked to contact the Livermore Police Department at (925) 371-4777.
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