Father Charged With Murder in Deaths of 2 Children in Alleged DUI Crash in Azusa Canyon

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Emergency responders tend to a surviving victim of a crash in Azusa on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

A 31-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on two counts of murder in the deaths of two of his children in a rollover crash in Azusa on July 4.

The crash occurred on around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 39, just north of the U.S. Forestry Information Booth, according to a news release from the Azusa Police Department.

Officers responding to several 911, discovered the family vehicle sitting on its roof down the side of a steep ravine, the release stated.

Arcadio V. Caliz, 31, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Azusa Police Department.

Arcadio V. Caliz, 31, is pictured in a booking photo released by the Azusa Police Department.

The driver of the car, identified as 31-year-old Arcadio V. Caliz, was found alive at the crash site along with Marbella Martinez, 32, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter.

All three were airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.

The couple’s two other children, 8-year-old Christopher and Andrea, who turned 12 on July 4, died in the crash. Both of the children had been thrown from the vehicle.

A  subsequent investigation revealed that both alcohol and speed contributed to the deadly crash, police said.

Caliz was being held on $2 million bail.