Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested For Crash That Killed His Passenger

A 26-year-old suspected drunk driver was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI after a pickup truck he was driving slammed into a parked vehicle in Pasadena, killing one of his two passengers, authorities said today.

Oscar Munoz-Luna was driving a green 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck eastbound on Washington Place when it struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle on the south side of Washington Place, west of Sunset Avenue, said Commander Mark Goodman of the Pasadena Police Department.

Fire personnel and police were dispatched to the crash scene at about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Paramedics rushed a 55-year-old man to a hospital, where he died from his injuries, Goodman said. Munoz-Luna and a rear-seat passenger, a 40-year-old resident of Altadena, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were hospitalized. After receiving medical treatment, Munoz-Luna was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, Goodman said. The Pasadena resident was booked at the Pasadena City Jail and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

 The name of the 55-year-old man, who also was a resident of Pasadena, will be released pending notification of next of kin.  Pasadena police urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at 626-744-4241 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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