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Riverside man, 22, charged in fatal DUI, hit-and-run crash on Orange County freeway

A 22-year-old Riverside man was charged Tuesday, Jan. 25, with an alcohol-fueled, hit-and-run fatal crash on the 91 Freeway near Brookhurst Street on the Anaheim-Fullerton border.

Tyler Christian Williams was charged with felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent causing injury and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury. Williams was also charged with a misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license, according to court records.

Williams also faces sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on another victim who survived.

On Sunday, Jan. 23, Williams was driving a 2013 Lincoln west on the 91 Freeway, west of Brookhurst Street, at an unknown speed when he collided into a 2004 Ford, causing the Ford to overturn, according to the California Highway Patrol. Williams continued west and crashed into a 2012 Toyota, the CHP said.

The driver of the Ford sustained major injuries and was taken to the hospital where they later died of their injuries. No injuries were reported by Williams or the driver of the Toyota, the CHP said.

Orange County coroner’s officials could not immediately provide details on the victim who died.

Williams was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit, according to the criminal complaint.

Source: Orange County Register

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