A district attorney in California said in court this week that an allegedly impaired driver accused of killing a pregnant Disneyland employee now faces murder and other charges after previous DUI convicts in 2008, 2015 and 2016 .
The Orange County Register reported that Courtney Fritz Pandolfi, 40, of Garden Grove was charged with murder on Thursday, causing injury due to drugs and driving on a suspended license. The first two counts are felony, while the third is misdemeanor.
“It is condemnable and it is completely malleable,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer in a statement on Pandolfi’s latest DUI arrest, which killed 23-year-old Yesia Lisette Aguilar, who died in hospital on Tuesday. Pavement in Anaheim.
“It is beyond shocking and it is absolutely condemnable. … It was 100 percent preventable. “
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The report stated that Egiller’s husband, who was with her, was not injured. Authorities said that after killing the victim, Pandolfi’s jeep continued to run down the sidewalk until the vehicle was “handicapped”.
According to the register, Aguilar was eight months pregnant. The newspaper reported that the medical staff succeeded in rescuing their unborn daughter through an emergency C-section and the DA’s office said the infant was in critical condition Thursday night.
KABC-TV from Los Angeles reported that medical staff were hopeful of the baby’s survival after a respiratory tract was removed on Thursday and that an infant named Adelene Rose was breathing.
The victim, an Anaheim resident, was an employee at Disneyland, KTLA-TV from Los Angeles reported.
A Disneyland spokesperson told the station, “We are saddened by the sad loss of our cast member Yeniya Egiller and we express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.”
“There’s no reason a 23-year-old mother has died and her daughter will never grow up without seeing her mother’s smile or her voice,” Spitzer’s statement continued. “It was 100 percent preventable. this woman [Pandolfi] He knew the consequences of driving under the influence and he did it anyway. “
According to Spitzer, Tuesday’s accident was “not an accident” so “an option – and it was a fatal one.”
After all three previous DUI convictions, Pandolfi was given a warning known as the “Watson advice”, the Register reported. It informs suspects convicted of DUI that they can face murder charges if someone dies as a result of a DUI incident.
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Proof that a convicted DUI driver had received a Watson advice in the past allows prosecutors to pursue a second-degree murder charge rather than a DUA-related death charge if the DUI-related death occurs according to the register .
The newspaper reported that Pandolfi appeared in court on Thursday but did not file a petition. He is expected to return to the court on 4 September.
If convicted, Pandolfi could face up to life in prison. He was held in the county jail on $ 3 million bail.