The driver that stands accused of killing a man from La Habra while he was driving on the wrong side of the road in his rented U-Haul is expected to be arraigned on Monday.
The 19-year-old driver of the U-Haul, Dustin David Lish, of La Habra, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and a sentencing enhancement for fleeing the scene of the crime.
He faces a possible 15 years in state prison if convicted.
The accident occurred on November 19 when Lish rented a U-Haul truck after drinking with his friends. The facility that he rented from was located on Lambert Road in La Habra, and was also where Lish worked. He apparently wanted the truck so that he could relax with some friends in the back of the cab. The manager rented the truck to Lish’s friend and refused to let Lish drive, as he was visibly intoxicated.
According to the D.A.’s office, his friend drove off the lot, but later pulled over and allowed Lish in the driver’s seat. At about 5:40 p.m., Lish was seen driving erratically at high speeds on the wrong side of the road. He sideswiped a Nissan SUV and narrowly avoided hitting it head-on because the driver of the other vehicle swerved to avoid hitting him.
Lish then crashed head-on into a Hyundai Accent driven by Joseph Quezada. The force of the impact of the crash was so great that Quezada’s car was pushed backwards into the car behind him. Lish and his friend then fled on foot.
Quezada was taken to the hospital and later died of his injuries.
Lish and his friend were found hiding in a storage area about 200 feet from the scene of the crash. In the three hours before the police found him after the crash, his blood-alcohol level had only dropped to .16 percent.
Lish will have to turn himself in for arraignment on Monday and he will be taken into custody on $250,000 bail.
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