|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF2141
July 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
75-YEAR-OLD DRUNKEN DRIVER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR CRASHING AND KILLING 86-YEAR-OLD MAN CROSSING STREET INSIDE LEISURE WORLD COMPLEX
SANTA ANA – A 75-year-old drunken driver will be arraigned tomorrow for crashing her vehicle into an 86-year-old man and killing him at an intersection inside a Leisure World complex. Dale Snyder Quinn, 75, Seal Beach, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by lawful act that might cause death with gross negligence while intoxicated. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. She is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, July 20, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center Santa Ana.
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on May 20, 2012, Quinn is accused of consuming alcohol before driving her car. The defendant is accused of driving northbound toward the intersection of St. Andrews Drive and Tam O’Shanter Road inside the Leisure World complex in Seal Beach.
The defendant is accused of failing to stop at the intersection, where there were three marked stop signs, and ignoring two pedestrian-crossing signs before slamming into 86-year-old Robert Dillon, who was crossing the street at a marked crosswalk on his battery-operated scooter. The defendant is accused of failing to slow down and causing the crash, which threw the victim from his scooter. Paramedics arrived and transported Dillon to the hospital, where he died eight days later from his injuries.
When Seal Beach Police Department officers arrived, they found Quinn sitting in the driver’s seat of her car near the collision. She is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including emitting an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and watery eyes. Quinn is accused of having a blood alcohol content level of .22 percent one hour after the crash.
Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.