A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Accident Kills Lyft Driver

Steven Quintero was driving under the influence when he struck and killed Henry Reyes.

Here are the facts of the driving under the influence accident:

  • The accident occurred on Route 94 just east of 25th street in San Diego at approximately 1 a.m. in the morning
  • The victim Henry Reyes, who was 41 years old, was working as a Lyft driver carrying three passengers
  • Henry pulled over on the side of the road because one of the passengers was sick from drinking
  • While Henry walked back to his Kia Soul from helping the sick women he was stuck by Steven and killed.
  • One of the passengers in the Lyft was left unconscious from the accident
  • Steven Quintero tried to flee the scene by hopping a fence and hiding in an apartment building
  • Steven’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was approximately 0.12 which is will above the legal limit of 0.08

Steven Quintero’s Past

  • He had learning disabilities in the past
  • He was convicted of a DUI in 2015
  • As a result of the 2015 DUI he had to go through several classes which explained the dangers of driving under the influence

Steven Quintero’s Trial

  • Trial occurred in April
  • A conviction for driving under the influence and felony hit and run
  • The jury was deadlocked on the charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter
  • The Deputy District Attorney argued that because of his prior DUI conviction Quintero knew of the dangers of  drunk driving
    • In addition, most likely he was forced to sign a Watson Advisement which is a formal statement that must be signed after a DUI Conviction.  The statement says that you understand that driving drunk can injure of kill people.  In addition, it says that the advisement can be used against you in the future for subsequent DUI accidents

The retrial covering the deadlock charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter started on Thursday, June 14th, 2018.

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