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Menifee man accused of being under influence of marijuana in fatal crash pleads innocent to charges


Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
Issue 51, Volume 16.


VISTA - A Menifee man accused of being under the influence of marijuana when he caused a head-on crash that killed a 53-year-old Oceanside woman two days before Christmas pleaded not guilty today, Dec. 31, to misdemeanor charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

Jonathon David Roberts, 22, remains free on $100,000 bail. He was ordered not to drive while the case was pending.

Roberts was in a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup headed west on State Route 76 when he drifted into the path of eastbound traffic near Monserate Hill Rd. in Bonsall around 3:20 p.m. Dec. 23, according to California Highway Patrol

Officer Jim Bettencourt.

According to the CHP, the defendant's pickup crashed head on into a 2010 Honda Fit being driven by a 53-year-old Oceanside woman, identified as Socorro Aguirre-Reynosa.

Aguirre-Reynosa died at the scene, and three passengers in the vehicle she was driving -- a man, a 13-year-old boy and a 30-year-old woman -- suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the passengers as Aguirre-Reynosa's husband, daughter and grandson. All three were taken to Palomar Medical Center.

A 2004 BMW 328i heading east directly behind the Honda Fit also was involved in the accident, going down an embankment, leaving the Carlsbad woman behind the wheel with moderate injuries, Bettencourt said.

The woman was taken to Palomar Medical Center, along with Roberts, who suffered minor injuries.

"A large amount of marijuana was found inside Mr. Roberts vehicle, and it is believed that during the time of the collision, he was driving under the influence (of drugs)," Bettencourt said. "Chemical test results are pending."

A witness said that in the moments leading up to the crash, Roberts was crossing over a double-yellow line and swerving "all over the road," according to Bettencourt.

A judge ordered Roberts to return to court Jan. 17 for a readiness conference and Feb. 11 for trial.

The defendant faces up to a year in jail if convicted, authorities said.

(previous story)

22-year-old Menifee man to be arraigned at Vista courthouse today on charges relating to fatal crash on SR76

VISTA - A Menifee man accused of being under the influence of marijuana when he caused a head-on crash that killed a 53-year-old Oceanside woman two days before Christmas is scheduled to be arraigned today, Dec. 31 at the Vista courthouse.

Jonathon David Roberts, 22, was in a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup headed west on state Route 76 when he drifted into the path of eastbound traffic near Monserate Hill in Bonsall around 3:20 p.m. Dec. 23, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.

Roberts' pickup crashed head on into a 2010 Honda Fit being driven by a 53-year-old Oceanside woman, according to the CHP statement. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman as Socorro Aguirre-Reynosa.

Aguirre-Reynosa died at the scene, and three passengers in the vehicle she was driving -- a man, a 13-year-old boy and a 30-year-old woman -- suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The Medical Examiner's Office identified the passengers as Aguirre-Reynosa's husband, daughter and grandson. All three were taken to Palomar Medical Center.

A 2004 BMW 328i headed east directly behind the Honda Fit also was involved in the accident, going down an embankment, leaving the Carlsbad woman behind the wheel with moderate injuries, Bettencourt said.

The woman was taken to Palomar Medical Center, along with Roberts, who suffered minor injuries. After he was treated at the hospital, he was taken to the Vista jail and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

'A large amount of marijuana was found inside Mr. Roberts vehicle, and it is believed that during the time of the collision, he was driving under the influence (of drugs)," Bettencourt said. "Chemical test results are pending."

A witness said that in the moments leading up to the crash, Roberts was crossing over a double-yellow line and swerving '"all over the road," according to Bettencourt.

(previous story)

Oceanside woman killed in head-on crash identified; accident caused by 22-year-old Menifee man

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

A 53-year-old Oceanside woman who was killed in a head-on crash on State Route 76 Sunday, December 23, has been identified as Socorro Aguirre-Reynosa by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office.

Reynosa was driving a Honda Fit on the state highway, with her husband, 30-year-old daughter, and 13-year-old grandson as passengers that day about 3:22 p.m. near Monserate Hill Road when a pick-up truck crossed over the center line and collided with her vehicle. Reynosa sustained multiple blunt force injuries of the head, torso, and extremities in the incident.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), who is leading the investigation into the crash reported that 22-year-old Jonathon Roberts of Menifee was responsible for the collision. Roberts, who was found to have a large quantity of marijuana in his vehicle in addition to reportedly being under the influence, was arrested after being treated for injuries and released Advertisement
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from the hospital.

"Roberts was driving his 1997 Dodge Ram truck westbound on SR-76 near Monserate Hill," said Jim Bettencourt, public information officer for the CHP.

"According to a witness who was driving directly behind him, Mr. Roberts was crossing over the double yellow line and swerving all over the road," said Bettencourt. "At one point he turned his vehicle to the right before violently turning it back to the left and crossing over into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane."

Bettencourt said the action caused Roberts' vehicle to collide head on into Reynosa's vehicle.

In addition, a 2004 BMW 328i that was traveling directly behind Reynosa's Honda Fit on eastbound SR76 was also involved in the collision.

"This vehicle went off the south side of the roadway down an embankment," said Bettencourt. "The driver, a female from Carlsbad, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Palomar Hospital."

Roberts was reportedly charged with vehicular manslaughter, possession of marijuana, and being under the influence of marijuana. Other charges may be added depending on the outcome of the investigation.

(previous story)

22-year-old Menifee man behind bars for causing fatal accident on SR76; large amount of marijuana found in his vehicle

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

The California Highway Patrol has said the driver that caused a fatal three-car collision on State Route 76 at about 3:22 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, has been identified as 22-year-old Jonathon Roberts of Menifee.

"Roberts was driving his 1997 Dodge Ram truck westbound on SR-76 near Monserate Hill," said Bettencourt.

"According to a witness who was driving directly behind him, Mr. Roberts was crossing over the double yellow line and swerving all over the road," said Bettencourt. "At one point he turned his vehicle to the right before violently turning it back to the left and crossing over into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane."

Bettencourt said the action "caused Mr. Roberts vehicle to collide head on into a 2010 Honda Fit traveling eastbound on SR-76 driven by a 53-year-old female from Oceanside and her three passengers."

Her passengers included an adult male sitting in the right front seat, a 13-year-old boy in the rear seat, and a 30-year-old female in the rear seat.

"All passengers sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to Palomar Hospital," said Bettencourt. "The 53-year-old female driver died on scene," said Bettencourt. "It is believed that the passengers were related to the driver."

Bettencourt said that a 2004 BMW 328I that was traveling directly behind the Honda Fit on eastbound SR76 was also involved in this collision.

"This vehicle went off the south side of the roadway down an embankment," said Bettencourt. "The driver, a female from Carlsbad, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Palomar Hospital."

"A large amount of marijuana was found inside Mr. Roberts vehicle and it is believed that during the time of the collision he was driving under the influence (of drugs); chemical test results are pending," said Bettencourt.

Bettencourt said Roberts sustained minor injuries from this collision and was transported to Palomar Hospital.

"When released, he will be booked into Vista Detention Facility where he will be charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter and possession of marijuana. Several other charges may follow depending on the outcome of the investigation."

The collision remains under investigation.

(previous story)

22-year-old driver causes three-car fatal accident on State Route 76 at Monserate Hill; road closed for hours

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Authorities have reported that a 22-year-old man caused a head-on collision today on State Route 76 that ultimately involved three vehicles and resulted in one fatality and numerous injuries.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:25 p.m. today, Sunday, December 23 on the state highway near Monserate Hill Road.

The 22-year-old driver crashed into a vehicle carrying a family of four, and in the course of the collision, forced a third vehicle off the roadway and down an embankment.

The 22-year-old driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.

The family of four was reportedly from Oceanside. One of the family members, a woman in her 50's was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, also in his 50's, sustained life-threatening injuries. The couple's 29-year old daughter and 13-year-old granddaughter were also in the vehicle and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The third vehicle, forced down a 20-foot embankment was being driven by a 32-year-old woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

"All individuals involved were transported to Palomar Hospital," said John Buchanan, public information for North County Fire.

No further information has been made available at this time about the cause or the crash or any possible contributing factors. No identities of those involved have been released and the cities of residence for the 22-year-old driver and the 32-year-old woman have not been made available.

State Route 76 was closed for approximately three hours due to the investigation into the crash.


 

31 comments

Comment Profile ImageA.H.
Comment #1 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm
Via Monserate drivers looking to cross on to the 76 are all a death wish waiting to happen. numerous collisions there in the past month and now a death. More to come with those driver just flooring it to enter the 76 to barely miss on coming traffic.
Comment Profile ImageLou
Comment #2 | Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:17 pm
A.H. no one was turning onto the 76, this was due to someone under the influence of drugs, this story may not state that but I saw it on channel 8 news earlier this evening. So sad that this had to happen right before Christmas. I hope everyone pulls through God bless these families in their time of sadness.
Comment Profile ImageFuninsd
Comment #3 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 7:05 am
This accident was at monserate hill east of Gird rd not at Via Monserate as reported
Comment Profile Image@lou
Comment #4 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:29 am
Don't spread rumors. Did you see the toxicology report? No I didn't think so. Keep your assumptions to yourself.
Comment Profile Imageconcerned
Comment #5 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:03 am
how many accidents have to happen before a barrier is put up between oncoming traffic lanes?
Comment Profile ImageLou
Comment #6 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:18 am
@Lou, please explain to me how it's rumor when I'm only stating what came out of CHP officer's mouth that was on the news. I may not be an officer of the law or a doctor but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that his actions behind the wheel that there was something wrong with him.
Comment Profile ImageBrookie
Comment #7 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:27 am
This was in the NCT:
"A large amount of marijuana was recovered from the pickup and the driver was taken in custody for investigation of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, Bettencourt said." So @lou, it is not a rumor!
Comment Profile Imagesdp
Comment #8 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm
@Comment #4:

I don't know what you are defending this guy. Lou was only stating the obvious. He was under the influence of something based on his driving and on top of that he was found to have a large amount of pot in his car.

I just looked him up in the Vista Jail. They have a whole string of felony charges on him. Must have come up positive on his blood tests.

1 191.5(A) PC GROSS VEHICLE MANSLAUGHTER F
2 23153(A) VC DUI:ALC/DRUG:RSLT:BOD INJ F
3 23153(A) VC DUI:ALC/DRUG:RSLT:BOD INJ F
4 23153(A) VC DUI:ALC/DRUG:RSLT:BOD INJ F
5 23153(A) VC DUI:ALC/DRUG:RSLT:BOD INJ F
6 23153(A) VC DUI:ALC/DRUG:RSLT:BOD INJ F
7 14601.1(A) VC DRIVE:LIC SUSPENDED/ETC M
Comment Profile ImageMayor of t
Comment #9 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm
sounds like hes was coming back from a pick up far away and he got tired and fell asleep at the wheel. When i work graveyard shift on the way home from construction or a 4 hour drive i tend to node off at the wheel, ive even caused everybody to slam on their brakes while i went down a ditch. Everybody got out of their cars to check on me (not proud of that,very scary) When i have to take long trips and i tend to nod off, i smoke a little herb and wake right back up.
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Comment Profile Imagesome guy
Comment #10 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Weed works differently on everybody, weed should be outlawed for him and him only, its not the weeds fault its his fault. Remember guns don't kill people, stupid people with guns kill people
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Comment Profile Imagesome other guy
Comment #11 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm
If we were all stoned we would all drive slow and nobody would die from car accidents.
Comment Profile ImageFriend of the family
Comment #12 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Sitting here at the hospital with the family. No need to decide who is right and who is wrong. A loved one was lost and it was negligence and a lack of responsibility on his part. Christmas is forever ruined for this family.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian
Comment #13 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm
So because he had weed in the car you assume he was under the influence? I pity your ignorance Lou.
Comment Profile Imagechazz102
Comment #14 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm
This was not an accident, it was an unnessesary incident and sheer stupidity taking an innocent life and harming others.This young mans life is ruined and those involved are changed forever.
Comment Profile ImageBrookie
Comment #15 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm
@Fallbrookian.....read the NCTimes.....he admited to smoking weed. Also, look at #8 above.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrookian (not the same as poster #13)
Comment #16 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Sounds like the kid was wasted. This also happened in the afternoon when the sun is at a bad angle, it's a narrow, unforgiving road and there is no room for drugs/alcohol. I am not excusing the kid at all, just saying that it was a horrible error of judgment to think you could control a vehicle in those conditions. What a fool. I very rarely if ever drive that road because of the fatalities and the danger involved. What a horrible tragedy for the family. My prayers to them.

Poster #9, #10, #11 - Didn't realize the system can see that you are posting from the same machine and are the same person even though you change the name?

*****NOTE FROM VILLAGE NEWS*****
Actually the way our system works is it records each IP address. Most people post from home computer - they may have one, two or three in the home hooked up to the same server system. However, our public library has several, as do the schools, and so on - so sometimes you could have 50 to 100 people with truly different "names" showing their message coming from the same server. Note to schools: yes, multiple people use this website and comment system each day. --- D. Ramsey, editor
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Comment #17 | Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Ha , He Wasn't Just On Marijuana If He Was Like You Guys Say "On Drugs" , If anything he was probably drunk , or maybe his bud was laced...! but R.I.p to the lady who died.....what a horrible christmas...
Comment Profile Imagedidn't need to happen
Comment #18 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm
RIP Socorro...
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Comment Profile Imagecorrection
Comment #19 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm
"didn't" need to happen
Comment Profile Imagehey!!!!!!
Comment #20 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm
UNDER ANY INFLUENCE OR NOT HE SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN DRIVING THE OTHER FREAKING SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment Profile Image14jake88
Comment #21 | Friday, Dec 28, 2012 at 10:12 am
I knew the driver were great friends known him my whole life and u are all wrong hes very sorry and wasn't under the influence get your stories straight before you spread rumors
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #22 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm
The DARN 76 cannot be expanded fast enough! How many more people have to die . . . because our lazy politicians dragged their feet, looked the other way and did not take the lead on expanding the 76 a long time ago? Unfortunately, the answer is that there will be more. Ultimately, the politicians who we elected to do right, to look after us, to help us, etc., have failed us and EVERY person who has and, unfortunately, will die on the yet-to-be expanded rinky-dinky and unsafe 76!

SD politicians and contractors building the 76, PLEASE do everything you can to construct the expansion of the 76 as fast and well as you can! And do NOT hold us, the people "hostage" by trying to extort more money from us for doing so. Get the DARN job done and do it well!

We, the people, are watching you . . . and, politicians, we will vote you out if you do not do a good job!
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #23 | Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm
@14jake88,
Evidently there's no concept of taking responsibility nor accountibility in your world, and I bet he's only sorry for getting his arse in trouble. Taking public ridicule and criticism are a small part of taking responsibility and and accountability for stupid choices and bad decisions in life. Young people these days need to learn there are consequences for thier actions and simply how to behave in general.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #24 | Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm
Lee (comment #22) says:
"We, the people, are watching you . . . and, politicians, we will vote you out if you do not do a good job!"


Who are you kidding? Care to notice who our governor is AGAIN?
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook mom
Comment #25 | Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013 at 10:55 am
This guy was driving on a suspended license?!!! HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING AT ALL!!! Needless injuries and loss of life because this guy felt the rules didn't apply to him. Those of you who want to defend this guy are just enableing him. He needs to pay the price for what hes done, although he will never be able to replace the life he took. 76 construction can't finish soon enough, it's a dangerous road & combined with stupid drivers is a deadly combination. I urge all of us to drive safely!!
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #26 | Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 7:30 am
"The defendant faces up to a year in jail if convicted, authorities said."
Village News, Is the above statement correct?

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VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES - We publish what the authorities provide. As in any court proceedings, it depends on the case presented by the DA's office and the determination of the judge/jury as to what the final outcome/sentence will be.
Comment Profile ImageUnbelievable
Comment #27 | Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 8:03 am
Driving on a suspended license, killing a woman, and injurying several others =one year, in jail, if convicted!

What is wrong with this punishment?
Comment Profile Image???
Comment #28 | Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:22 am
First of all I am not defending this young man whatsoever; he was negligent in his actions and will get what he deserves. However, testing positive for marijuana does not PROVE you were under the influence at the TIME of the accident as THC can stay in your system for up to a month. There needs to be a more precise way of testing for this.
Comment Profile ImageFamily of Jonathon Roberts
Comment #29 | Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm
I personally can say my heart goes out to the person who died and there family we also had some one die in our family in a simular accident so I know exactly what the family of the women is going through and it is not a good feeling and never goes away. However Jonathon is very sorry for what has happened and this was a complete accident.
Comment Profile ImageFamily of Socorro
Comment #30 | Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 1:05 am
Feeling sorry does not make up for our loss! Every Christmas is never going to be the same. It's been almost 2 months since we've lost our mother and we still hurt! Every single day! May God have mercy on him because God will be the final judge for him, maybe not now but he eventually he will stand before him.
Comment Profile ImageHIScOUSIN
Comment #31 | Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Accidents happen. Sorry to the family who have lost, but just because what happened does not make him a bad person. I've known him my entire life - he is a good person that doesn't deserve time when it was just an accident.

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