Man accused of manslaughter in connection with fatal March 16 crash in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police Wednesday arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a March crash that killed a 37-year-old man as he was pulling out of his driveway, officials announced Thursday.
Officers arrested Kimson James Wright about 2:20 p.m. at his Pasadena home after toxicology reports confirmed he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The fatal crash occurred 8 p.m. March 16 in the 600 block of North Hill Avenue, near Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Ed Calatayud said at the time.
Killed in the crash was Jose Daniel Moreno, Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said.
The arrest came following “extensive investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the crash, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said. “Toxicology reports indicate that alcohol was a factor in the tragic collision.”
“Wright was driving his 2004 Mecedes southbound on Hill Avenue when it struck a 2003 Toyota Matrix,” Hettema said.
Moreno, who was behind the wheel of the Toyota, was pulling out of his residential driveway when struck, officials said.
After being freed from the wreckage by firefighters, Moreno was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.
Wright was treated for minor injuries following the crash.
Wright was released from jail Thursday after posting $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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