California Man Charged with Deadly DUI in Newport Beach

California Man Charged with Deadly DUI in Newport Beach

Police tape in Newport Beach, Calif., in a file photo. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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5/30/2024

Updated: 5/30/2024

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SANTA ANA, Calif.—A 30-year-old Fontana man was charged May 29 with killing a 14-year-old girl in a drunk driving collision in Newport Beach.
Joseph Alcazar was charged with second-degree murder, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content exceeding the legal limit of .08 percent or more causing injury, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of child abuse and endangerment.
Mr. Alcazar is accused of killing Rosenda Elizabeth Smiley of Rialto on Saturday when his vehicle collided with the pedestrian at Balboa Boulevard and Palm Street at about 6:45 p.m.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Alcazar is also accused of injuring another girl and endangering a third.
Mr. Alcazar’s 8-year-old daughter was in his car at the time of the collision, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The other victim was a 13-year-old girl whose foot was run over, prosecutors said.
Mr. Alcazar faces the upgraded charge of murder instead of voluntary manslaughter because he has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in March 2016 and another conviction for reckless driving in December 2020 in San Bernardino County. A murder conviction could result in a life sentence whereas a manslaughter conviction results in a set period of time in prison.
Mr. Alcazar is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .16 in Saturday’s collision, according to the criminal complaint.
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