A West Valley man faces a murder charge over accusations he caused the death of one of the passengers in his car while driving intoxicated.
Jorge Rodriguez Cuevas, 34, was drunk in the early hours of Aug. 14 when he and three passengers were heading west on California Avenue, prosecutors charge. The defendant's car was swerving and it didn't stop when it reached a red light on Redwood Road, witnesses told police.The truck entered the intersection and slammed into a sports utility vehicle heading north on Redwood about 2 a.m., according to the charges filed in 3rd District Court Tuesday. The impact threw Otoniel Ramirez Castillo from Cuevas' car. Police found Castillo dead on the scene.
A blood test revealed that Cuevas' had an alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. He told police that he drank 10 beers prior to the crash, according to court documents.
In court, Cuevas will face a count of automobile homicide, a second-degree felony.