|For Immediate Release
Case # 10NF3574
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR
KILLING ONE PASSENGER AND INJURING
ANOTHER IN FREEWAY CRASH
SANTA ANA – A man driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana will be arraigned Monday for killing one passenger and injuring another in a freeway car crash. Michael Patrick Keating, 24, Fullerton, is charged with one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more and causing bodily injury with a sentencing enhancement allegation for causing bodily injury and death to more than one victim. If convicted on all counts, Keating faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison. The People will be requesting the defendant be held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
On the night of Aug. 22, 2010, Keating is accused of drinking at Cantina Lounge in Fullerton with two female friends. Shortly after 11:00 p.m., Keating is accused of leaving the restaurant and driving with his two friends, 22-year-old Mai Hayakawa, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, and 21-year-old Alyssa Unruh, who sat in the back seat.
At approximately 11:18 p.m., Keating is accused of driving at an unsafe speed heading southbound on California State Route 57. The defendant is accused of losing control of his vehicle on the connector of westbound California State Route 91 and veering off the left side of the road, down an embankment. He is accused of colliding with a palm tree on the passenger side. Witnesses called 911.
Hayakawa died at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the crash. Unruh suffered head and neck pains and was transported to University of California Irvine Medical Center. The defendant was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor cuts and bruising.
After the crash, Keating is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including emitting a strong odor of alcohol, blood shot and watery eyes, and slurred speech. Approximately two hours after the crash, Keating is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .09 percent. The defendant is accused of also testing positive for marijuana.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.