KNIGHTS LANDING – Three people were killed Saturday night when a drunk driver barreled into a trailer in Knights Landing, according to California Highway Patrol.
Investigators say the driver was traveling northbound on State Road 113 at a “high rate of speed” when he veered off the road and into a family’s home just before 10 p.m.
The CHP identified the driver as Ismael Huazo-Jardinez. They say he was speeding in a Chevy truck.
The crash killed a mother, father and 10-year-old son. They were all asleep in their beds, according to CHP. The only survivor is an 11-year-old girl who is in the hospital with major injuries, authorities say.
Now, mangled metal and splintered wood are all that’s left of the family’s trailer.
“Those who are drinking and driving, you have got to stop. Look at what you are doing to people. And all you do is wake up with a damn hangover,” said neighbor Debra Franklin. “You are destroying families.”
Huazo-Jardinez was treated for minor injuries and taken to the Sutter County Jail before he was released on bail.
The California Highway Patrol asked for Huazo-Jardinez’s bail to be set at $1 million, or for there to be no bail at all, but a judge instead set the figure at $300,000.
“He’s facing three counts of vehicular manslaughter as well as DUI,” said Officer David Hernandez, California Highway Patrol Yuba-Sutter.
However, neighbors say having the suspect behind bars doesn’t bring them much comfort because their friends are still gone.
“I met them when we were little kids. Very little,” Nunez said.
Thirteen-year-old Brian Nunez lives next door. The kids were his friends.
“I played with them. It’s horrible that this happened,” he said.
Now, he’s praying for the only survivor.
And neighbors like Franklin are calling for safety measures like guard rails and signs to be put up along the road, so no other family has to go through this.
“It’s got to stop. Whoever is in charge of this highway you need to do something about it,” Franklin stated. “Because there’s speeding and there’s no way to protect the people who live here.”