|For Immediate Release
Case # 08WF0715
June 5, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS
TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR KILLING TEEN ON
BIKE WHILE SENDING TEXT MESSAGES
WESTMINSTER – A driver under the influence of narcotics will be arraigned tomorrow for killing a 14-year-old on a bike by crashing into the victim while text messaging behind the wheel. Jeffrey Francis Woods, 20, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated and one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted. Woods is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. in Department W-14, West Justice Center, Westminster.
Shortly after noon on Aug. 29, 2007, Woods is accused speeding at 50 mph in a residential area while driving eastbound in his pick-up truck on Indianapolis in Huntington Beach. He is accused of driving erratically and following too close to other vehicles while under the influence of narcotics (Vicodin). Woods is accused of driving distracted while sending text messages. Woods is accused of suddenly swerving over several lanes into oncoming traffic. The defendant is accused of crossing into the bike lane on the wrong side of the road in his truck and crashing into 14-year-old Daniel Oates, who was riding his bicycle with a friend. The victim was thrown 150 feet from his bicycle and landed in a traffic lane. Oates died from the impact of the crash caused by Woods. The defendant is accused of then crashing into a palm tree, through a wall, and into the backyard of a nearby home.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough is prosecuting this case.