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