Felony charges are expected to be filed Monday against a Moreno Valley man accused of driving drunk and triggering a crash that killed a 6-year-old relative last month.

Salvador Joseph Barnes, 44, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, where he’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Barnes had previously been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment resulting in great bodily injury in connection with the Jan. 28 crash, and subsequently was been released on $90,000 bail.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Narisco, the victim — whose name was withheld — died from her injuries on Jan. 31. A murder warrant was subsequently obtained and served on Barnes after he was summoned to the sheriff’s station on Calle San Juan De Los Lagos.

According to Narisco, the crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. at the intersection of Heacock Street and Ironwood Avenue. Barnes lost control of his vehicle, which veered off of the road and plowed into a light standard, he said.

Deputies determined after questioning him that he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, Narisco said.

The suspect and victim were taken to nearby Riverside University Medical Center, where Barnes was treated for minor injuries and released for booking, and where the child remained in the intensive care unit until her death.

Barnes has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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