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Driver Accused of DUI, Murder After Striking Pedestrian in Pasadena: Officials

Published on Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 10:15 am

A man is accused of murder after striking and killing another man with his SUV while driving drunk in Pasadena on Friday night, authorities said.

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Martin Cesar Villagomez, 48, of Pasadena, was arrested immediately after the deadly collision, which took place about 11:30 p.m. at Washington Boulevard and Palm Terrace, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.

He has prior conviction for driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08% in 2003 and 1999, as well as a conviction for reckless driving in 1995, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

He was at the wheel of an SUV headed west on Washington Boulevard when he struck a 30-year-old man who was crossing the street at Palm Terrace, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Russo said. The intersection is not regulated by any lights, signage or marked crosswalks.

Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, Russo said. His identity was not released Saturday pending notification of family.

Villagomez remained at the scene and cooperated with officers, the lieutenant said. Investigators determined he was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him.

California law allows for repeat DUI offenders to be charged with murder if subsequent DUI-related collisions result in death.

Bail was set at $2 million pending his initial appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court, records show.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach Pasadena police at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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