A Hawthorne man accused of driving the wrong way while drunk on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, causing a crash that killed another motorist, was charged Thursday with murder and other counts.
Alvin Ray Shaw, 28, was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense, driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI and driving with a license that was suspended or revoked due to a previous DUI conviction, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Shaw is still hospitalized, so an arraignment date was not immediately set.
Police said Shaw was at the wheel of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz sedan headed west in the eastbound lanes of the bridge when he crashed shortly after 7 a.m. Aug. 1 into a 2014 Ford Fusion driven by a 21-year-old San Pedro man and 2010 Nissan pickup driven by 30-year-old Miguel Gonzalez of San Pedro.
The Nissan and the Mercedes burst into flames after the crash. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, while Shaw and the driver of the Fusion were hospitalized with critical injuries.
The crash closed the bridge in both directions for about eight hours
The criminal complaint against Shaw includes allegations that he caused great bodily injury and that his blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent or more.
Prosecutors also said Shaw was convicted of DUI in 2014.
— Wire reports