A wrong-way crash on a freeway in Tustin by a repeat DUI offender has to the death of another driver. The driver responsible for the crash has been identified as a repeat DUI offender who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for carrying out this offense.
Ivan Gonzalez, 31 was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Orange County jury late last year. His sentence has come recently. The fatal crash carried out by him led to the death of Michael Johnston Jr., 33. This crash had led another female passenger with serious injuries.
Speeding On 5 Freeway
This incident took place on January 5, 2018. A California Highway Patrol Officer had witnessed this incident. The accident took place early in the morning. A Toyota Camry is southbound in the northbound lanes of 5 Freeway at the Gene Autry Way overpass in Anaheim.
After witnessing the crash, the officer chased the driver of the Camry who crashed in another driver. He started chasing the driver at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour but was inept at catching him. Then two other officers managed to capture the offender. They started following him.
As a result of the chasing, the Camry collided with a Ford Mustang. The other vehicle hit a concrete barrier on the side of the ramp and forced both the vehicles to travel another 200 feet before coming to a halt. Johnston was driving the Mustang and he was killed in this mishap. His companion was a 24-year-old woman.
Gonzales Was Intoxicated
Gonzales was intoxicated while driving. Prior to this incident, he has been held twice for rash driving under the influence of alcohol. The prosecutor warned him before that if he crashed again, and it leads to a collision in which another person ended up losing his life, he would be charged with murder.