BREA, Calif. – On Monday, G. Kyle Martin, 19, of Brea was charged with crashing an SUV while under the influence of alcohol, which led to the death of his friend and passenger.
Martin was allegedly drunk driving at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2014 on southbound Tamarack Avenue. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed a 2002 Ford Explorer into a tree near Atlas Street. The SUV was registered to Martin’s father.
Martin reportedly got out of the SUV and fled the scene on foot, leaving his friend B. Wupuy, 18, of Brea, with life-threatening injuries, according to Lt. Darrin Devereux.
Wupuy was transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange for treatment. He died the next day, Aug. 3, at 6:21 p.m. as a result of multiple blunt force traumatic injuries, according to the coroner’s office.
Martin is Arrested on Suspicion of Hit and Run
The following day, the authorities arrested Martin on suspicion of hit and run, but released him as the investigation was underway. The year-long investigation against Martin resulted in the following charges against the 19-year-old:
- Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence
- Flight of an accident scene
- Hit and run with permanent and serious injury
Deveraux explained that it’s a pretty involved case as far as the physical evidence is concerned. Adding that there were a lot of witness interviews with people who had contact with Martin that night.
The authorities did not release information regarding where Martin and Wupuy were before the accident.
When the Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed charges, Martin was already in Orange County jail. He had been arrested in March for a series of misdemeanors, including vandalism, aggravated trespassing, petty theft, and unlawful tampering with a vehicle.
According to jail records, he took a plea deal, which involved a 30 day jail sentence.
Records show that Martin was arrested for DUI on April 29 and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, of which he was sentenced to four months in jail.
Martin’s bail was initially set for $100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. on his new felony charges, the Orange County Register reported.
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