On May 3, 2008, Danny Calvin Ruiz was driving home from a wedding reception with his pregnant girlfriend, Andrea Gerdon, in the passenger seat. Ruiz was drunk and was driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. He crashed into a tree in San Clemente, killing his girlfriend and their unborn child. He was charged with two felony murder counts and a DUI, with his blood alcohol level at a 0.17 percent. On Thursday, July 23, 2009, Ruiz was convicted of the two murder counts and the DUI. He faces around 100 years in state prison for his crimes. In 2008, he was also charged with a DUI and signed forms indicating that he understood that if he killed someone while driving drunk, he could face murder charges.
What is so unfortunate about this case is the fact that he killed his pregnant girlfriend. Of course, the murder was not intentional, but anytime someone gets behind the wheel of a car knowing they are intoxicated, they are assuming the liability.
Whether in Irvine, Fullerton, San Clemente, Santa Ana or Anaheim, the limit in California at which you are too intoxicated to drive is at a .08 percent blood alcohol level. Ruiz was double the legal limit. If you drink more than a drink or two over a short span of time, do not get into the driver’s seat.
If you have any questions about this case, driving under the influence, or your own DUI charges, please contact Orange County Criminal DUI attorney William Weinberg @ 949.474.9700 or 714.834.1400 for a free consultation.