A Perris man accused of killing his passenger and injuring several other people in an alcohol-fueled collision in Hemet last month was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and other offenses.
Brandon Todd Brassard, 24, was arrested Friday after he was released from the hospital.
Along with the murder count, Brassard is charged with driving under the influence resulting in gross vehicular manslaughter, two counts of DUI with injuries and multiple sentence-enhancing great bodily injury allegations.
He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.
According to Hemet police Sgt. Dan Reinbolt, Brassard was at the wheel of a Ford Focus that plowed into a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck while going through the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Soboba Street about 10:30 p.m. on March 24.
Reinbolt, who did not disclose which vehicle had the right of way, alleged that the defendant caused the wreck because he was under the influence.
Brassard’s front seat passenger, 23-year-old Timothy Gibbons of Hemet, was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died an hour later.
Several people in the pickup were also injured and hospitalized, but they are recovering.
According to court records, Brassard has multiple traffic-related convictions in Riverside County, but no documented prior felony convictions.