VICTORVILLE – A drunk driver killed a man and severely injured two others on Saturday. Authorities said that at around 1:45 a.m. Alexander Delapaz-Perez, 56, of Victorville was driving a 2002 Hyundai sedan north on Amethyst Road and failed to stop at the posted stop sign. A 2015 Honda Accord, driven by Angel Barranco, 35, of Adelanto was driving west on Mojave Drive. As the Honda crossed the intersection, the Hyundai broadsided it. Both vehicles came to a rest on the northwest side of Amethyst Road and Mojave Drive.
Emergency medical personnel and deputies from the Victorville station responded to the scene. Barranco and two passengers including his wife, 23-year-old Barbara Velasco and her mother, 42-year-old Monica Alarcon were in the Honda. Velasco was reported by family to be approximately 7-months pregnant. Barranco, Velasco, and Alarcon were all transported to local hospitals with major injuries. Angel Barranco died as a result of his injuries.
Alexander Delapaz Perez was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, received medical treatment, and was subsequently taken into custody for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving under the influence (DUI) causing great bodily injury. He has two prior DUI convictions authorities said. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
This collision is currently under investigation by the Major Accident Investigation Team, at Victorville Police Station. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Deputy Alejandro Ramos at the Victorville Police Station at (760)241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com.
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