Orange County sheriff’s deputies have reached out to the public for assistance, hoping that someone can help them find a San Juan Capistrano man who is suspected of killing his 5-year-old daughter while driving under the influence last year.
A. Brito-Soto, 33, of San Juan Capistrano was arrested on March 22, 2014 after crashing a 2002 Ford Explorer near Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road. The accident occurred around 7:35 p.m., which is when the Explorer ended up in an embankment.
Brito-Soto had been driving with his four young children on that fatal evening. One child, a girl, died in the crash, while the other three were seriously injured. The entire incident was caught on tape.
Driver’s Four Children Weren’t Restrained
According to Lt. Jeff Hallock, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, the children were not wearing seat belts, which was the reason why one of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and why the other children suffered significant injuries.
Brito-Soto is suspected of driving under the influence, and could be facing charges of vehicular manslaughter and child abuse. The San Juan Capistrano resident was arrested after the accident, and taken into custody.
After spending several weeks in jail, Brito-Soto posted $100,000 bail. He has not showed up to court, and is now considered to be a fugitive. He is 5’ 3’’ tall and weighs around 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Suspect Didn’t Have a Driver’s License
Before Brito-Soto’s arrest, he did not have a job, nor a driver’s license. According to authorities, he has ties to Mexico, Texas, and just outside of Chicago. He also has family living in the San Juan Capistrano area.
Hallock said that this was a very serious crime that resulted in the death of his 5-year-old daughter. He said that their investigators are taking the case very seriously and are making every effort to bring Brito-Soto to justice.
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