Case # 12NF0792
Date: August 24, 2018
DRUNKEN DRIVER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING MOTORIST IN WRONG-WAY, HIGH-SPEED CRASH IN RENTED U-HAUL TRUCK
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for murdering a motorist in a head-on crash while speeding on the wrong side of the road in a rented U-Haul truck.
Dustin David Lish, 26, La Habra
Found guilty by a jury on Oct. 30, 2017 of:
15 years to life in state prison
Circumstances of the Case
- On Nov. 19, 2011, Lish consumed alcohol with friends at his home in La Habra.
- The defendant left his home with a friend and was driven by his sister to a U-Haul facility on Lambert Road in La Habra where he worked.
- Lish rented a U-Haul truck with his friend. The facility manager rented the truck to the two men, but refused to let Lish drive because he was visibly intoxicated.
- Lish got into the passenger seat of the truck and his friend got into the driver’s seat and drove away.
- After driving away from the U-Haul facility, Lish’s friend pulled over and the defendant switched into the driver’s seat.
- At approximately 5:40 p.m., the defendant drove erratically at a high rate of speed in the U-Haul truck.
- The defendant veered into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road and side-swept a Nissan sport utility vehicle (SUV) after the driver of that vehicle swerved to avoid a head-on collision.
- After side-swiping the SUV, Lish continued at a high rate of speed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a Hyundai accent driven by 20-year-old Joseph Quezada.
- The defendant crashed into the victim with such great force that Quezada’s car was pushed backward into the car behind him.
- Lish and his friend got out of the U-Haul and fled the scene on foot.
- Quezada was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
- The La Habra Police Department, who investigated this case, responded to the scene and located the defendant, who was hiding in a vehicle storage area approximately 200 feet from the crash site.
- Lish had a blood alcohol level of .16 percent three hours after the crash.
- Black box data from the U-Haul revealed the defendant was flooring the gas pedal of the truck repeatedly and intentionally prior to the crash.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Daniel Feldman, Homicide Unit