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Man accused of killing Orange County woman and injuring her son while driving drunk

A 70-year-old San Bernardino man accused of killing a woman and injuring her son while driving drunk is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Edward Stanley Butler is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence while intoxicated, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Butler allegedly crashed his car last September into a vehicle being driven by Tamiko Kaminaga, 60, who was exiting a parking lot in Orange with her 17-year-old son, Jorge Maresch, in the car, prosecutors said.

Butler failed to stop or slow down as Kaminaga made a legal left turn out of the lot, prosecutors said.

When Orange police arrived at the scene, they found Butler sitting near his car and exhibiting signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech and red, watery eyes, authorities said.

An empty vodka bottle was allegedly found in his car. Butler had a blood-alcohol level of .22%, according to authorities.

Kaminaga was pronounced dead at a hospital. Maresch suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations.

If convicted, Butler faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. Prosecutors plan to request that he be held in lieu of $100,000 bail, the D.A.'s office said.


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How does killing someone while driving under the influence result in a maximum of 4 years?

It's tragic how many sons and daughters, or spouses lose their loved ones because of drunk driving. 4 years in jail is hardly enough to compensate the family of the deceased -- I do hope they at least recover damages for the injuries and the wrongful death caused by the drunk driver. He's 70 years old -- he should be old enough to know better than to drink and drive.



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