By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A pregnant woman was killed in a crash early Friday in which police believe the driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of alcohol.
Police said Joseph Haskell Maine, 26, was driving a pickup west on Fairview Road when he struck a car traveling north on Monitor Street at 12:40 a.m. Vanessa Carrillo, a passenger in the car, died at the scene.
A coroner's office news release said Carrillo, 25, died of multiple blunt force trauma. The fetus also died of blunt force trauma.
The driver and another passenger in the car suffered minor injuries.
Maine was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury and vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He's being held on $95,000 bail.
Maine could be charged with second-degree murder because of his prior criminal history. Court records show he has a conviction for what's commonly known as a "wet reckless," which is reckless driving that involved alcohol consumption.
A "wet reckless" 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.
A conviction can lead to a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
In March 2012, Maine was convicted of driving on a suspended license, according to court records. And in 2007 he pleaded no contest to participating in an illegal speed contest, not having insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call BPD Officer Diederich at 326-3967.