California: DUI driver Michael Meritt-Hutchins charged with ramming Daniel & Ramona Mendez from behind at 80 mph; killed husband and wife who were delivering newspapers

Crash scene where DUI driver Michael Robert Merritt-Hutchins killed two people who were delivering newspapers. Photo courtesy of ABC 30 Action News

Michael Robert Merritt-Hutchins, 25, is accused of driving drunk and crashing into a newspaper delivery vehicle that left two people dead Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

DUI driver Michael Meritt-Hutchins charged with ramming couple from behind at 80 mph; killed husband and wife who were delivering newspapers

From Modesto Bee

A husband and wife delivering The Fresno Bee in southeast Fresno early Saturday were killed after a vehicle slammed into their car, Fresno police Lt. David Ramsey told reporters Saturday morning.

Marshall McDowell, The Bee’s director of audience development, confirmed that the crash killed a Bee contract carrier and his wife.

The couple was heading east on Kings Canyon Road near Temperance Avenue and might have been driving at a slow speed when a driver traveling at more than 80 miles per hour rear-ended them, Ramsey said. The crash occurred at 2:45 a.m., he said.

From ABC 30 Action News

Fresno Police say a DUI suspect was driving at least 80 miles per hour when he slammed into the back end of a car from which a husband and wife team were delivering the Fresno Bee just before 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Family members say 54-year-old Daniel Mendez and 44-year-old Ramona Mendez (pictured below) died this morning in a car accident on Kings Canyon near Temperance.

Authorities say 25-year-old Michael Robert Merritt-Hutchins rear-ended the husband and wife while they were delivering newspapers for the Fresno Bee. Hutchins is being charged with felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.   MORE

Daniel and Ramona Mendez killed by DUI driver Michael Merritt-Hutchins on Dec. 9, 2017

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Name: MERRITT-HUTCHINS, MICHAEL PersonID: 7086740 BookingNo: 1737921
Sex: MALE DOB: 11/23/1992 Hair: BLACK Height: 6′ 4”
Race: BLACK Age: 25 Eyes: BRO Weight: 195
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A R R E S T

ArrestDate: 12/09/2017 BookDate: 12/09/2017 ArrestingAgency: FRESNO PD
ArrestTime: 07:15 BookTime: 11:58 HousgLocation: NJ, 02, 0E AgencyCase: 17080270-3

C H A R G E S

Charges Description Bail Amount Authority Case No. Level Court Bailout Sentence Date Sentence Days Release Date
PC191 5A GROSS VEH MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED 75,000.00 OPEN Felony Y
PC191 5A GROSS VEH MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED 75,000.00 OPEN Felony Y
VC23153A INTOXICATED DRIVER, CAUSING INJURY/DEATH TO OTHER THAN SELF 18,500.00 OPEN Felony Y
VC23153A INTOXICATED DRIVER, CAUSING INJURY/DEATH TO OTHER THAN SELF 18,500.00 OPEN Felony Y
VC23153B DRIVER WITH .08% ALCOHOL, CAUSING DEATH/INJURY 18,500.00 OPEN Felony Y
VC23153B DRIVER WITH .08% ALCOHOL, CAUSING DEATH/INJURY 18,500.00 OPEN Felony Y

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