Thursday, September 09, 2010

Costa Mesa Man, a DUI Driver to be arraigned for killing pedestrian

Posted By CotoBlogzz 09-09-2010

SANTA ANA, CA  - Beau Richard Cook, a  drunken driver will be arraigned today for killing a pedestrian after losing control of his vehicle and crashing, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Cook, 26, Costa Mesa, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of ten years in state prison.

At approximately 11:24 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2010, Cook is accused of leaving work and consuming alcoholic beverages and driving in his Scion, heading southbound on Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana. He is accused of speeding and running a red light at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Warner Avenue. The defendant is accused of swerving and losing control of his vehicle to avoid hitting a vehicle making a legal U-turn. He is accused of hitting the center median and skidding across the southbound lanes of traffic. Cook is accused of driving up on the curb of the sidewalk and shearing off a fire hydrant and hitting victim, 57-year-old pedestrian Eloisa Aguilar, causing her to be thrown and land in the adjacent shopping center parking lot. Witnesses called 911.
The victim died at the scene due to blunt force trauma injuries. 
Cook was transported to the hospital to be treated for a broken leg and pelvis he sustained in the crash. Approximately an hour and a half after the crash the defendant had a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. 

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