Police: Drunk driver going 128 mph during fatal impact
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A police report filed in Kern County court shows drunk-driving suspect Alex Rubio was allegedly going 128 mph when he crashed Jan. 3, killing a 22-year-old woman at New Stine Road and Ming Avenue.
Princess Almonidovar was killed instantly in the crash.
Rubio, 24, has been charged with five felonies and a pair of misdemeanors. The felony charges include second-degree murder, gross-vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and run.
The court documents, obtained Monday by Eyewitness News, reveal that police collected the event data recorder, or EDR data box, from Rubio's Chrysler after the crash.
The EDR is a device installed in some automobiles to record information related to vehicle accidents. The report shows the box indicates just five seconds before the crash that Rubio had his foot all the way down on the pedal, traveling at 111 mph.
By the time he hit Almonidovar's car, the accelerator pedal was pressed to 58 percent and traveling 128 mph.
The report also reveals Rubio's blood-alcohol concentration level was 0.14. With the legal limit set at 0.08, he was allegedly driving at almost two times the legal limit.
After his arrest, police reported Rubio's behavior as "belligerent," and the only statement Rubio would make about the crash was, "He was not driving and that a female he does not know was the driver of the vehicle. He did not know her name or physical description."
Witnesses told police that Rubio was the only person to exit the vehicle before he fled the scene and ran a red light. The report also states a red light camera at Stockdale Highway and New Stine Road showed Rubio at high rate of speed almost colliding into the center divider.