DRUNKEN DRIVER CONVICTED OF MURDERING MOTHER OF THREE IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH MINIVAN IN MISSION VIEJO
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A drunken driver was convicted today of murdering a mother of three after driving into oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into her minivan in Mission Viejo.
William Joseph Carroll, 51, Mission Viejo
Found guilty by a jury today of:
One felony count of second degree murder
15 years to life in state prison
Jan. 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
At approximately 11:40 p.m. on May 7, 2013, Carroll was driving a pickup truck while under the influence of alcohol in Mission Viejo.
The defendant made a left turn from El Toro Road onto Santa Margarita Parkway and drove southbound in the northbound lanes.
Carroll drove approximately one-third of a mile into oncoming traffic before slamming head-on into a minivan being driven by 36-year-old Ana Martinez.
The victim was alone in the car and died as a result of the impact of the collision. She is survived by her husband and three children, then ages 2, 7, and 15.
Carroll displayed objective signs of intoxication and had a blood alcohol content of .23 percent approximately two hours after the collision.
The defendant turned himself in to law enforcement in New York after being charged and was transported back to Orange County on Feb. 2, 2014.
Carroll had prior knowledge that he could be charged with murder if he killed a person while driving under the influence of alcohol based on a prior misdemeanor driving under the influence charge to which he pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2008 (Case #08HM08824).
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel Feldman, Homicide Unit