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O.C. man charged in hit-and-run killing of 2-year-old boy

November 14, 2011 |  8:26 pm

A Santa Ana man accused of drinking 24 bottles of beer with a friend before a hit-and-run accident in which a 2-year-old boy was killed made a court appearance Monday.

Angel Alberto Cruz Perez, 23, is charged with striking a mother who was carrying her 1-year-old daughter and holding the hand of her 2-year-old son last week as they crossed a street in Santa Ana, the Orange County district attorney's office said. The mother sustained scrapes on her knees; her daughter was unharmed.

Prosecutors claim Perez had consumed four buckets of beer -- each containing six bottles -- with his friend at a restaurant before plowing into the family with his Toyota SUV.

Perez, who is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, was in the Central Jail courtroom for an in-custody arraignment. He was scheduled for another in-custody arraignment Dec. 8, according to online Superior Court records.

Perez is charged with felonies including vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing bodily injury and hit-and-run with permanent injury or death. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.

If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 16 years in state prison.


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