~In Memoriam of Wendy and Kimberly Sands~.............

DUI Suspect now faces murder charges

Prosecutor points to prior convictions for drunken driving.

By Tammy J. Scholl /Staff Writer

Victorville- A prosecutor Thursday added second-degree murder to the heap of charges against a 27-year-old Hesperia man accused of drunken driving in a crash that killed an Apple Valley mother and her daughter in June.

During the hearing in Victorville Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney William Hess announced he was filing new charges against Jason Michael Dalby.

Hess said Dalby's two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated in 1998 made it possible for him to file the murder charges.

“He was in his second DUI class,” Hess said, That tends to show … he knew that when he drank and drove it was dangerous.”

Dalby's truck was going 94 mph when he ran a stop sign at Deodar Street and Jacaranda Avenue in Hesperia on June 10, and crashed into the side of 26-year-old Wendy Sands car, according to sheriff's officials.

Sands and her 6-year-old daughter, Kimberly, died at the scene.

Dalby, who remains in custody, pleaded innocent to all charges, which include two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.

He showed no reaction when Hess said he was filing the two murder charges. If convicted on all charges, Dalby could face life in prison.

In 1998, Dalby pleaded no contest to a drunken driving charge. When he was stopped, Dalby's blood-alcohol level was .21 percent, more than two times the legal limit.

He was fined $390, ordered to enroll in a four-month alcohol program and his driving privileges were restricted for three months.

Dalby was arrested again for drunken driving in October 1998.

As punishment for his second offence, the court fined Dalby, $1,224, ordered him to attend a multiple offender alcohol program, sentenced him to 30 days in jail and restricted his driving privileges for a year.



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