NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Officials said when a suspected drunken driver crashed into a family in Nevada County, killing two adults and two children, he was reportedly on probation for another DUI.
California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Schmidt identified the suspect as 32-year-old Michael Scott Kelley from Antelope.
CHP officials said the morning of Nov. 20, Kelley was allegedly driving the wrong way when he slammed into the family of five on Interstate 80 near Eagle Lakes Road.
The crash killed Brittney and Tony Montano, along with two of their children, 9-year-old Marianna and 5-year-old Antonio Jr., while they were headed to Utah for a vacation. The couple’s 4-year-old son, Julian, was the sole survivor.
Family members told FOX40 the boy had “extensive injuries,” including brain bleeds, a broken femur, a broken rib, a liver laceration and bruised lungs. He has been placed in the care of Brittney Montano’s older brother, Anthony Gonzalez, and his wife.
“We’re going to take care of Julian the best that we can,” said Michelle Gonzalez.
Online records show Kelley faces four counts of murder and four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“Our stats show us that on average a person will offend 80 times before they’re caught once,” Rhonda Campbell, with MADD Sacramento Victims Services, said.
But it isn’t the first time Kelley has been suspected of drunken driving. Placer County court records show Kelley was arrested in May of 2019 for misdemeanor DUI and sentenced to three years of probation.
Part of the condition of his probation was that he could not use drugs or drink alcohol.
“There’s no way that there will ever be given any punishment that he can serve or endure that even compares to what this family has been sentenced for their life,” Campbell said.
At the moment, police said Kelley is still at a Reno hospital recovering from his injuries. They are not sure how long he will be in the hospital, but they will take him into custody once he is released.