Man Pleads Guilty To Vehicular Homicide

February 26, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A 20-year-old Pasadena man pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular homicide while intoxicated in connection with a fatal crash last June inPasadena.

Brian Standiford, of the 100 block Norman Road, pleadedguilty in connection with a June 24, 1990 accident that killed DavidMichael Dawson, 47, of Mountain Road in Pasadena. Besides homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated, he had been charged with automobile manslaughter, drunken driving and other traffic charges, court records show.

Assistant State's Attorney Eugene M. Whissel II told the court Standiford was driving eastbound on Mountain Road, near PinehurstRoad, when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with Dawson's car. Police responding to the scene found two nearly empty cans of beerin Standiford's car, Whissel said.

Tests showed Standiford had a blood-alcohol level of .133 percent,the prosecutor said. Under state law, a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent or more is considered evidence of intoxication. Further tests showed the presence of PCP in Standiford's blood, according to court records.

Standiford and anotherpassenger in his car were injured in the accident, Whissel said.

Vehicular homicide while intoxicated is punishable by up to five years in prison, Whissel said. Under the plea agreement, the state can ask for up to 18 months in jail and alcohol counseling at Standiford's sentencing, scheduled for April 12.

Defense attorney Peter S. O'Neill said he would ask that his client be given work release privileges if sentenced to jail.

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