An 18-year-old man remained jailed Monday and could be charged Tuesday in connection with a crash that killed an Anaheim man who was pulling into the driveway of the apartment complex where he lived with his pregnant wife and young daughter.
Jorge Esteban Martinez-Luna, who was being held on $100,000 bail, is tentatively scheduled to appear in the arraignment court of the Central Men’s Jail Tuesday. Police were expected to present the results of their investigation to prosecutors Tuesday morning for consideration of possible criminal charges, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.
Martinez-Luna was hospitalized after the Sunday morning crash, then booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony drunken driving and driving without a license.
Firefighters and police were dispatched at 3:15 a.m. Sunday to Ball Road and Loara Street, where a Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and Nissan Versa were found demolished.
Wyatt said Martinez was speeding westbound in the Maxima on Ball when he lost control of the car, which hit the Camry as its driver turned into the driveway of an apartment complex, Wyatt said. The Maxima also struck the Versa, which was parked.
Tarek Hamed, the 34-year-old driver of the Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.
“His pregnant wife was at home with couple’s young child,” Wyatt said.
A 17-year-old girl was a passenger in the speeding Nissan Maxima, and she was hospitalized with stable vital signs, he said.
Hamed immigrated from Egypt about a year ago, his friend Mohamad Abdelshafi told the Orange County Register. He was at Hamed’s apartment complex supporting the family.
“He was a very kind man, very thoughtful, a hard worker,” Abdelshafi told the newspaper.
Hamed worked until early every morning at Cairo Restaurant and Cafe in Anaheim to support his family and his sick mother in Egypt.
Hamed’s young daughter “knows something horrible happened,” he said. “She’s not crying, not making reaction. She doesn’t want to eat, play.”
–City News Service