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Friday, Jan 31 2014 04:36 PM

Alleged drunken driver charged with second-degree murder in crash that killed pregnant woman

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

A suspected drunken driver involved in a crash that killed a pregnant woman was charged Friday with two counts of second-degree murder.

Joseph Haskell Maine, 26, is scheduled to have his first court hearing in the case Monday morning. He's also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI with bodily injury and driving while his license was suspended for DUI.

Bakersfield police said Maine was driving a pickup west on Fairview Road at 12:40 a.m. Jan. 17 when he struck a car traveling north on Monitor Street. Vanessa Carrillo, a passenger in the car, died at the scene.

Carrillo, 25, was pregnant. A coroner's office news release said the fetus died of blunt force trauma.

Maine is free after posting 10 percent of $95,000 bail. His bail could be increased at Monday's arraignment.

He pleaded no contest to a "wet reckless" charge in 2007. The charge is described as reckless driving that involved alcohol consumption. It counts as a DUI offense.

Under California law, any person convicted of a DUI who then kills someone while allegedly driving under the influence in a subsequent offense can be charged with second-degree murder.

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