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DUI suspect faces 10 years

GROSS VEHICULAR manslaughter charges are being pressed against a man involved in a fatal crash in Huntington Beach (Shutterstock).

A 21-year-old Moreno Valley man has been charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol for crashing into a light pole in Huntington Beach and killing his friend who was riding in the front seat of the vehicle. The passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Miguel Angel Guzman, Jr. is being charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08 percent, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing bodily injury. He is also charged with three felony enhancements of great bodily injury and one felony enhancement of personally inflicting great bodily injury.

Guzman is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 11, 2020 in CJ1. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Just after midnight on Aug. 23, 2020, Guzman was driving near the area of Springdale Street and W. McFadden Avenue when he is accused of driving over a turning median and crashing into a light pole. His passenger, 25-year-old Lance Jones, was partially ejected. He was rushed to UCI Medical Center where he died.


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