Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green announced on Dec. 15, 2015, a conviction in a significant case.
Green said that on January 3, 2014, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the defendant, Alex Rubio, was intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration nearly twice the legal limit when he raced his car, a 2014 Chrysler 300, down New Stine Rd. and through a solid red light at a speed of 1 1 8 mph. The result was a collision with 22-year-old Princess Almonidovar, who died instantly.
Following the collision, defendant Rubio fled the scene on foot and hid until he was located by officers. When he was located, he led officers on a foot pursuit before being apprehended. After his apprehension, he made several spontaneous statements to officers reflecting his profound indifference to human life. One such statement came in the form of a question to one of the arresting officers: “How bad did that chick f* ** up my car?” The defendant’s blood alcohol concentration was determined by both an evidentiary breath machine as well as by blood draw. Even three and four hours after the collision, the results were a .14 and .13, respectively.
On December 15, 2015, the defendant was convicted by a jury on the following charges and allegations: Second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI with injury and causing great bodily injury, hit and run resulting in death, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled for sentencing on January 14, 2016, before the Honorable Charles R. Brehmer. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jim Simson.
Court documents state Rubio and Almonidovar were both driving under the influence. Her blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, according to the documents.
A respiratory therapist at San Joaquin Community Hospital, Almonidovar was the primary breadwinner for her family.
The data box retrieved from the Chrysler showed Rubio was traveling south on New Stine at 111 mph five seconds before the crash, the documents state. That speed kept increasing until it reached 128 mph at impact.
Rubio made no attempt to brake. Police said the accelerator was pressed to the floor at the moment of impact…..MORE