An Irwin man was charged with murder in a fatal DUI accident just hours after he was released from a hospital after overdosing on fentanyl, officials said Thursday.
Louis Marshall Diaz, 21, faces a felony charge of murder for the murder of Aaron’s 61-year-old Kyu Chen, who was on his way to work after 4 a.m. Sept. 27 when Diaz collided with his car in the Orange County District. The attorney’s office said.
That day, Diaz turned on a red light at the intersection of Sand Canyon Road and Irwin Center Drive while Chen was driving at the intersection, causing a woman to have an accident, according to the DA’s office.
“She was just driving to work and is now dead,” OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “And the tragedy of it all is that he didn’t have to die.”
Authorities said the suspected DUI crash was not Diaz’s first.
In 2019, the man was arrested in Huntington Beach on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the district attorney’s office, he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of nitrous oxide and driving without a license.
Those arrested for driving under the influence in California can be given “Watson advice” to know if they have been charged with murder if they kill someone while driving under the influence. can go.
“It’s a tragedy that should never have happened,” Spitzer said. “Just hours before Mrs. Chen’s murder, the doctor managed to save the defendant from an overdose of drugs. Instead of taking this near-death experience to heart, he engaged in an incredibly dangerous behavior and Because of this, Mrs. Chen lost her life.
Diaz faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted in the deadly Irwin crash.
“Diaz showed a complete lack of concern for the lives of others when he chose to go after the whale on Monday morning,” said Mr Kerz, police chief. We hope they get the justice they deserve. ”
Dias, who was released on 1 million bail, will be released later Thursday.