|For Immediate Release
Case # 11HF1164
May 4, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
UNINSURED DRIVER CHARGED WITH
KILLING MOTORIST BY CRASHING INTO HER CAR AFTER FAILING TO SLOW OR STOP AND
RUNNING SOLID RED LIGHT
SANTA ANA – An uninsured driver has been charged with killing another motorist by crashing into her car by failing to slow or stop and running through a solid red light. Jose Javier Fernandez Ramirez, 20, San Clemente, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and an infraction for failing to maintain insurance. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The People will be requesting $100,000 bail at Ramirez’s arraignment tomorrow, May 5, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2011, Ramirez is accused of driving eastbound on Bake Parkway in Lake Forest in a Toyota truck. The defendant is accused of driving through a solid red light, which had been red for several seconds, at the intersection of North Pointe Drive. He is accused of failing to slow or stop and crashing into the passenger’s side of a Hyundai driven by 23-year-old Nicole Davenport. The victim was making a legal left turn through the intersection on a green light.
The force of the impact pushed Davenport’s car onto the sidewalk. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:01 p.m.
Ramirez is accused of being an uninsured driver at the time of the crash.
The defendant was arrested today, May 4, 2011, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case.
Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.