Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2011
Susan Kang Schroeder
70-YEAR-OLD DRUNKEN DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR KILLING WOMAN AND INJURING HER SON
SANTA ANA – A 70-year-old drunken driver with an empty bottle of vodka in his car will be arraigned tomorrow for killing a woman and injuring her son while under the influence of alcohol. Edward Stanley Butler, San Bernardino, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence while intoxicated and faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison if convicted. The People will be requesting the defendant be held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2010, victim Tamiko Kaminaga, 60, was driving with her 17-year-old son Jorge Maresch out of a parking lot in Orange. Butler is accused of failing to stop or slow as Kaminaga made a legal left turn and crashing into the victim’s vehicle.
Responding Orange Police officers arrived on scene to find the defendant sitting near his vehicle. Butler is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including slurred speech and red and watery eyes. Butler is accused of possessing an empty bottle of vodka in his vehicle. He is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .22 percent.
Kaminaga was transported to Western Medical Center and died a short time later due to blunt force trauma. Maresch suffered a broken nose and facial lacerations.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Susan Price of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.