No charges sought yet against man in alleged DUI fatal crash

Arraignment postponed until May 28

Alameda County prosecutors said yesterday they aren't yet filing charges against an alleged drunk driver who killed a mother and her baby in a crash in Livermore on Saturday night.

However, prosecutors said they are still reviewing the potential case against 35-year-old Brian Jones of Livermore and could still file charges against him at a later time.

Jones, who was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI, had tentatively been scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton at 9 a.m. Tuesday but his potential arraignment was postponed until May 28, prosecutors said.

Livermore police allege that Jones lost control of his car while driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into an apartment complex in the 900 block of Murrieta Boulevard just before 6:50 p.m. Saturday and killed 46-year-old Esperanza Morales-Rodriguez of Seaside and her 14-month-old daughter Ulidia Perez-Morales.

Officer Ryan Sanchez said Jones was allegedly speeding on Murrieta Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle. The mother and daughter were walking on a paved path between the sidewalk and an apartment complex when Jones' vehicle struck them, Sanchez said.

Morales-Rodriguez and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said debris from the crash struck two boys, who were taken to a hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Jones is free on $350,000 bail.

— Bay City News Service

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18 people like this
Posted by Sam
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Really! The guy is drunk and he kills two people. Looking for justice here folks. Let's not make this a case that embarrasses our community!

14 people like this
Posted by ed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Would that have to do with the fact that hes rich and white and his victims are poor Mexicans?

18 people like this
Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I really hope not, Ed. I'm hoping that the delay is because they're trying to decide on the most severe charge for which they are likely to be able to secure a conviction. But, on the other hand, money is power...

4 people like this
Posted by Steph
a resident of Avila
on May 5, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Perhaps they're in the US illegally and fearful of bringing attention to themselves.

5 people like this
Posted by Wife, Mother, Grandmother
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

WOW . . . . and just why NOT?! Somethin's "fishy!!

5 people like this
Posted by Alma
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

So sorry for the woman and her baby. My condolences to her family and friends. I understand how emotional this time is but the man is exercising the rights all of us have (he posted bail) and formal charges will be filed against him at his May 28th arraignment. Remember that we're innocent until proven guilty in this country. Evidence is being gathered so as to have a solid case. And even the most guilty person deserves a fair trial!

17 people like this
Posted by Alice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

How much more guilty could he be? He was taken out of his car after the crash, taken to the hospital, treated for his minor injuries and then arrested. How many more witnesses do they need than all of the people who were there and saw what happened? This is his second DUI. He obviously should NOT be out on the streets and behind the wheel of a car again! This really reminds me of the Cody Hall situation. How utterly sad for all involved, most especially the grieving family. My heart goes out to them.

4 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on May 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

He works for Tesla. Have they made a statement? I smell money.... and handshakes

10 people like this
Posted by Jake
a resident of Val Vista
on May 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

Arrested for his second DUI, killed two people, and he bailed out!
That is absurd!
He should NEVER been allowed bail at all!
What is wrong with this system.

12 people like this
Posted by Shannon
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on May 6, 2015 at 10:27 am

I am sure the delay in charging him is to make sure all is in order. They want him to receive the most severe punishment ever. They are not looking to let this go. Seriously, when there is death and intentional there will be penalty. I say intentional because he was DUI. He has ruined his life and his family along with the people he murdered.

8 people like this
Posted by Libby
a resident of Del Prado
on May 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

I passed by the location of this incident yesterday on my way home from work. I am still shaken up by what happened there.
I can only imagine what the families involved in this tragedy are going through all because of a drunk individual who decided to get behind the wheel of his car. I think that whoever allowed him to get in his car should also be held accountable.
This guy had to have made a stop somewhere to get his buzz on besides being at the wine festival. I believe there are more culprits here and police should investigate that as well.

7 people like this
Posted by shocked resident
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I'm shocked and disgusted that someone would bring immagration status into this. A simple thing we all do, walk down the street to a kids to a party? Does it matter resident status, work visa,passing through, born here etc. Murder is murder. Money has everything to do with him being out. I would also hope the district attorney is taking great care with the charges to treat his crime with the severety it deserves. Money or not a drunk is a drunk.Especially if in fact this is a second DUI. I would hope the legal system would work for the victims rights, regardless if they were from Mars. The $35,000 bond sure could've done that family some good. That criminal should offer to pay funeral costs . There's no question of his guilt so his attorney should ok such a gesture of good will. God help that man ,maybe the alcohol will erase his memory, no such luck for his victims. Remember 2 other children were injured as well, plus the countless people that witnessed the horror. DA do your job. Mr. Jones be a man and do your time. It's the very least you can do.Don't drag this family through a trial

2 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

@ Chris - why is where he works important? Why would Tesla make any statement regarding this incident? Its a tragedy regardless of employment.

2 people like this
Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on May 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

Why have a trial, some on here have decided he is guilty so lets just hang him now.
Wow you people need to read the constitution. On the other hand if he is found guilty and this is the second DUI. I think he should be sentenced to life in prison.
Now if you want him charged simply riot and burn some stuff down and you will get it real fast. Baltimore

1 person likes this
Posted by AnotherParent
a resident of Country Fair
on May 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm

AnotherParent is a registered user.

Has anyone seen an update on this? Hoping the delay is because they are doing the best job they can before filing charges.

1 person likes this
Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 20, 2015 at 7:55 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

An issue like this makes one wish for a newspaper with investigative reporters. What's happening PW?

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