Gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges were filed Tuesday against a 23-year-old drunken driving suspect accused in weekend crash that killed a 73-year-old man in Orange.
Manuel Antonio Sanchez Contreras was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of .08%.
Contreras is accused of having a blood-alcohol level of .15, nearly twice the legal limit, at the time of the Sunday afternoon collision, according to court records.
Contreras was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord that rear-ended a Mazda Protégé driven by Dean Lyles of Orange at West Sycamore Avenue and North Main Street, said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.
Contreras was driving northbound at a high rate of speed on Main Street about 4:20 p.m. when he crashed his Mazda into Lyles’ car, pushing it into El Camino Park, McMullin said.
Lyles, who was also traveling northbound, was attempting to turn left onto Sycamore Avenue when the crash occurred, McMullin said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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