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LA Man Charged With Murder for Anaheim DUI Crash Death


Posted on Sep 16, 2010

A Los Angeles man with two prior drunken-driving convictions is facing murder charges for the death of a woman in a wrong-way head-on  drunk-driving Anaheim freeway crash.
 
The early morning crash occurred on the 5 Freeway in Anaheim on Dec. 27, 2008. Thirty-year-old Angel Herrera Leal of Los Angeles had a blood-alcohol level of .29 when he drove for several miles northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway.  This is more than 4 times the legal limit.
 
At 4:45 a.m. Leal approached Disney Way andl crashed head-on into a Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Jisun Park. Both cars spun around and then came to a stop on the freeway. Rebecca Moon, a 29-year-old passenger in Park's car, suffered a traumatic head injury and was killed at the scene. Park, who was also driving under the influence, was taken to UCI Irvine Medical Center in Orange for treatment of abdominal injuries.
 
Leal had two prior DUI convictions from 2005 and 2007.  He was driving on a suspended license at the time of the crash and faces a potential sentence of 15 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.  He is being prosecuted for murder rather than the lesser crime of vehicular manslaughter under the legal theory that because he had prior DUI convictions, he knew that driving while intoxicated was dangerous to human life and chose to do so anyway. 

Leal may also face civil charges for wrongful death.

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