LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A 26-year-old Long Beach man was charged Thursday in connection with a crash that killed a man in a wheelchair crossing the street.
Joseph Maez was charged with one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a .08% blood-alcohol content causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Vigil Held For 18-Year-Old Rylee Goodrich, 1 Of 2 Teen Victims Shot And Killed In Corona Movie Theater
According to prosecutors, Maez allegedly struck a 59-year-old man in a wheelchair pushing a cart full of his belongings across Stearns Street at Radnor Avenue in the Los Altos neighborhood at about 11:20 p.m. on June 12. The man died at the scene.READ MORE: More Businesses Like The Abbey in WeHo Setting Own Vaccine Requirements For Customers
“Driving under the influence is a potentially deadly decision with severe consequences,” District Attorney Gascón said.MORE NEWS: 17-Year Old Girl Violently Assaulted While Jogging In Culver City
Maez is set to be arraigned July 2 in Long Beach. The case remains under investigation by the Long Beach Police Department.