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Thursday, Jan 16 2014 02:45 PM

Charges filed against alleged drunken driver in fatal southwest crash

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Looking south down New Stine Road from Ming Avenue shows the aftermath of the scene where a 24-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol collided with another vehicle early Jan. 3, killing the woman driver. The intersection of New Stine Road and Ming Avenue was closed for several hours following the crash.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Two vehicles and debris cover the southbound lanes of New Stine Road south of Ming Avenue at the intersection. The Jan. 3 early morning crash claimed the life of a woman and closed the road for hours as Bakersfield police investigated.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Joseph Almonidovar holds a photo of his daughter Princess Flores Almonidovar, who was killed in a vehicle crash early Jan. 3 at New Stine Road and Ming Avenue.

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Prosecutors have charged a suspected drunken driver with second-degree murder in connection with a Jan. 3 crash in southwest Bakersfield that killed a 22-year-old woman.

Alex Anthony Rubio, 24, is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing bodily injury, and hit and run causing death or permanent serious injury.

Police said Rubio ran from the scene of the crash that killed Princess Flores Almonidovar, a respiratory therapist at San Joaquin Community Hospital who was the primary breadwinner for her family. He was found shortly afterward in a nearby neighborhood.

Officers said he'd been speeding at the time of the crash.

The 3:05 a.m. collision at the intersection of Ming Avenue and New Stine Road destroyed Almonidovar's vehicle, spreading debris across the roadway. The intersection remained closed until 2 p.m.

Almonidovar's death led to an outpouring of grief on social media and a candlelight vigil attended by more than 100 people.

Court records show Rubio had a bench warrant out for his arrest after failing to show for a hearing on misdemeanor charges of spousal abuse and petty theft.

Rubio is scheduled to be in court Friday. He's out of custody after posting $17,000 bond.

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