Mitchell Morales Struck and Killed, Joseph Maez Arrested and Charged for DUI and Manslaughter
Long Beach, CA (June 14, 2021) – On Saturday,Mitchell Morales, 59, in a wheelchair died in an accident on Stearns Street, and Joseph Maez was arrested.
Officers received the Long Beach pedestrian accident report at 11:20 p.m. at the intersection of Radnor Avenue.
Reports said the man was walking outside the crosswalk pushing a cart when a vehicle struck him.
Officers later detailed the vehicle as a 2016 Honda Civic, driven by Joseph Maez, who was intoxicated.
Unfortunately, the pedestrian, Mr. Morales, died at the scene.
Meanwhile, the Maez remained at the scene.
Even so, officers detained him for an investigation into whether alcohol was a factor in the Stearns Street crash.
Ultimately, Maez, of Long Beach, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
He is set to be arraigned on July 2, and is being charged with a felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving while having a 0.08% blood-alcohol content.
We at Sweet Lawyers would like to send our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased. May you have the strength during this difficult time.
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, more individuals are staying at home, whether by preference or under a state-mandated lockdown. As people adjust to unprecedented routines, a classic concept has risen in modern popularity: walking. Americans, as well as others around the world, have taken it upon themselves to walk outside daily.
The increase of foot traffic on local sidewalks, intersections, and roads seems harmless enough. However, this timeless habit can have devastating consequences. Taking walks is becoming increasingly dangerous, leading to a surge of pedestrian accidents annually.
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