Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - William Joseph Carroll, a Mission Viejo man, is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for murder after driving into oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into a minivan driven by a mother of three children, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 7, 2013, Carroll is accused of driving a pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol in Mission Viejo. He is accused of making a left turn from El Toro Road onto Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway and driving southbound in the northbound lanes. Carroll is accused of driving approximately one-third of a mile into oncoming traffic before slamming head-on into a minivan being driven by 36-year-old Ana Martinez.
The victim was alone in the car and died as a result of the impact of the collision. The victim is survived by her husband and three children, ages 2, 7, and 15.
Carroll displayed objective signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .21 percent approximately one hour after the collision. He turned himself in to law enforcement in New York and was transported back to Orange County yesterday, Feb. 2, 2014.
Carroll had prior knowledge that he could be charged with murder if he killed a person while driving under the influence of alcohol based on a prior misdemeanor driving under the influence charge to which he pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2008