For release on May 22, 2015   CONTACT:
Stephen Lowney, Supervising Deputy District Attorney
South County Unit
(408) 201-0538
[email protected]   GILROY DRUNK DRIVER CHARGED AFTER CRASH LEFT FOUR DEAD   A Gilroy man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving in the wake of a car crash earlier this month that left four young people dead. Three of the dead were local high school students.   The intoxicated driver, Anthony Imbronone III, 23, was the lone survivor of the wreck. He will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. at South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill on four felony counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter by Intoxication, and four counts of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury to Another, with Personal Infliction of Great Bodily Injury.  If convicted, he faces up to 22 years and 8 months in prison.   Said prosecutor Stephen Lowney: “Our hearts go out for the young lives that were lost that night. Our legal system can and will hold accountable people who drink and drive. But the loved ones of the people who were killed have to deal with the devastation of this preventable tragedy.”   Around 10:30 p.m. on May 12, Imbronone was driving a 1997 Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed eastbound on Leavesley Road in Gilroy when he lost control. The vehicle overturned several times and ended up in a creek ravine.   Evidence shows that Imbronone was intoxicated at the time of the crash.   Killed in the crash were passengers Yolanda Jimenez, Yesenia Mendoza Pine, Sara Williams, all 18, and Joseph Vasquez-Flemate, 24.
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