Fullerton DUI crash
Authorities at the scene of the DUI crash that killed a 6-year-old girl in Fullerton. Photo: OnSceneTV

A 52-year-old Anaheim man in custody on suspicion of a drunken driving collision that killed a 6-year-old girl in Fullerton was on informal probation for driving under the influence, making him eligible for murder charges, according to records obtained Tuesday.

Maximino Delgado Lagunas pleaded guilty Dec. 11, 2015, to driving drunk in Buena Park and was placed on three years of informal probation. He had a blood-alcohol level three times higher than the legal limit of .08 percent, according to court records.

As part of his sentence, Lagunas completed a nine-month DUI program. When he entered his guilty plea he was warned that if he was involved in a deadly drunken driving crash that he could face a charge of murder instead of voluntary manslaughter, according to court records.

Police were summoned about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, to the 1400 block of Lombard Street to respond to a 6-year-old girl being hit by a car, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus.

The girl — Gracie Aguilar — was playing on the sidewalk when she was hit by a 1990 Toyota 4Runner, Radus said.

Lagunas was driving east on Gage Avenue when he attempted to turn south onto Lombard Street, but lost control and rumbled onto the sidewalk, where he hit the girl, Radus said.

Lagunas allegedly kept going, but slammed into a parked car on Lombard and stopped, Radus said.

Police allege Lagunas has a blood-alcohol level of .23 percent, Radus said.

Lagunas was booked on suspicion of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and driving on a suspended license, Radus said. He was being held on $2 million bail, Radus said.

–City News Service

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