California: DUI charges were pending for Annalicia Mona Montoya; driver in fatal wreck that killed 5

Deadly Head On Crash April 9 2016 Rio Vista Calif. photo courtesy of Tom Miller KCRA

Deadly Head On Crash April 9 2016 Rio Vista Calif. photo courtesy of Tom Miller KCRA

From Modesto Bee

04/13/2016 — The Modesto driver in a Sacramento County crash Saturday afternoon that killed her and her four passengers and injured four people in another vehicle was facing felony charges of driving under the influence and cruelty to a child. The charges stemmed from a Sept. 12 collision, Stanislaus Superior Court records show.

In that incident, Annalicia Mona Montoya, 21, committed a felony by willfully putting her 3-year-old daughter, Adelayanna Ortiz, “in a situation where her person or health was endangered and willfully caused or permitted the person or health of said child to be injured,” a criminal complaint filed by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office states.

Adelayanna was one of the others killed in Saturday’s crash on Highway 12 near Rio Vista in southern Sacramento County. The others who died were Aaliyah Buenrostro, 17; Denise Garcia, 19; and Garcia’s son, Ramiro, 2. All lived in Modesto.

Little information about the Sept. 12 crash was available in the criminal complaint. In addition to child cruelty, Montoya was charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury and felony DUI with blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or above and causing injury. Both counts state that the person injured was Jerry Castro Manzano.   …MORE

Modesto, California – Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Kenneth Hughes, 34, of Oakdale, was convicted on October 15th, 2015 of felony drunk driving causing serious bodily injury. Hughes entered a plea to the charges before Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley. On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at about 7:32 a.m., Hughes made an illegal left turn into another car as he was driving eastbound on Milnes Road at Langworth Road in Stanislaus County. The impact left the other driver hospitalized with serious injuries. When questioned by the Highway Patrol, Mr. Hughes agreed that he was “hammered.” A blood test showed Mr. Hughes’ alcohol level to be .19%, over twice the legal limit. Immediately upon his conviction Judge Ashley sentenced Hughes to 4 years and 4 months imprisonment and ordered him to pay restitution to the victim. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Anthony Colacito working under a grant funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.