Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Drunk Driver Kills 16-Year-Old Girl

Photo by Associated Press
A 16-year-old Southern California girl, Gisselle Mendoza, was killed in her sleep because an SUV crashed into her bedroom in her apartment building.

Palmdale High School grief counselors were on campus to help people who knew the sophomore at their school.

The school’s principal, Matt Anderson said, “she’s a student like any other student here who had her whole world in front of her and she started to, I think, get a vision of what she wanted.”

Emergency officials responded to a call around 3:50 a.m. about a car crashing into a building in Palmdale. Officials reported Mendoza was pronounced dead when the firefighters arrived at the apartment. 

Police arrested Roberto Rodriguez, a 20-year-old driver, who is under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sheriff’s reports say his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. 

Outside Mendoza’s home, a family friend held a sign which read, “Alcohol Kills.”

Rodriguez will face charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. He was released on $100,000 bail, but is due in court Tuesday, April 22.

Rodriguez expressed how sorry he was to Mendoza’s family, “sincerely, I’m sorry. It wasn’t my intention. Just, I’m sorry.”

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