Lady Justice oversees son who murdered his father. Photo via Shutterstock
Lady Justice oversees son who murdered his father. Photo via Shutterstock

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing an alcohol-fueled, three-vehicle crash that killed an 18-year-old man and injured five others in Santa Ana.

Herbert Granados Calderon, who is scheduled to be sentenced March 24, is expected to receive 15 years to life in prison. He pleaded guilty to second- degree murder for the Oct. 25, 2014 crash that killed Roberto Rubio, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney.

Calderon was speeding south on Bristol Street in a 2007 Lexus ES350 when he ran a red light at Central Avenue and broadsided a 2014 Honda Civic with Rubio in the backseat, Birney said. The crash pushed the Honda into a Chevy pickup truck.

Calderon’s blood-alcohol level was .11, over the legal limit of .08, Birney said.

Because Calderon had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on June 18, 2013, he was charged with murder instead of manslaughter in the case, Birney said. When Calderon admitted the DUI in 2013 he was warned that if he drove drunk again and someone died, he could have the charges upgraded to murder.

— City News Service

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