Danville man accused of providing alcohol to underage driver in fatal crash

Authorities: 20-year-old drove wrong way on Highway 24, causing deadly wreck in 2013

A Danville man is facing charges a year after a woman he allegedly gave alcohol to while underage killed a Pittsburg man by driving the wrong way on a Lafayette freeway, a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman said.

Annelise McKay, 20, was driving a silver Toyota Avalon east on westbound state Highway 24, just east of St. Stephens Road at about 1:30 a.m. on May 3, 2013, when she hit a red Geo Metro head-on, killing the driver, 49-year-old Alvaro Santos Cruz.

ABC spokesman John Carr said Saturday that McKay was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated because she was driving with a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit, and is now serving a prison term.

But ABC investigators discovered where McKay acquired the alcohol she drank before driving that morning through its Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies program, Carr said.

Earlier this month the agency filed a report with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office alleging that Danville resident Eric Clayton had given McKay alcohol just before the crash.

Clayton has been charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and faces a maximum sentence of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 13, Carr said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Danville
on May 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

A 20 year old woman is NOT a minor! She is old enough to drive, old enough to vote, old enough to consent to sex, old enough to buy a car, sign a lease or loan, go to war... But not old enough to take sole responsibility for drinking and driving? I'm sorry, but chasing down everyone affiliated with this tragedy is wrong. Might as well sue the car company, Safeway, the DOT, and her parents while we are going on witch hunts.

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Posted by Claire
a resident of San Ramon
on May 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

The legal age to purchase alcohol in California is still 21, so in that regard, she is considered a "minor". I'm not saying its logical.

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Posted by Arlene
a resident of Diablo
on May 27, 2014 at 7:46 am

I agree with Tom. The 20 year old woman should be responsible for her actions.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

I am totally for this!!! Many parents now-a-days want to be their child’s friend or be the “cool” parent. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “I would rather them do it in my house…”.

Too many Danville parents are used to making up excuses or paying off their child’s mistakes.

The law is simple…drinking age is 21. If you choose to give alcohol to someone younger (even by one day), then you are breaking the law…pay the consequence!

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Posted by Janetti
a resident of Danville
on May 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I agree about parental responsibility, but it doesn't mention in this article what relationship the gentleman mentioned had; it could have been her 21-yr old acquaintance. Another lesson for young drinkers, or "smokers" for that matter....take responsibility for your actions.

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Posted by Danville mom
a resident of Danville
on May 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Finally! The police not turning a blind eye. So sick and tired of parents allowing and providing alcohol to minors!!

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Posted by sally
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

Tom is correct, people over the age of 18 can make major decisions including to drink and drive. It is a sad tragedy and w e can not blame everyone for one persons action. Do we need to ask for birth certificates of everyone we know to cover ourselves when spending time with friends? Personal responsibility has to be accountable first and foremost.

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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Jun 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

It's reported elsewhere that Eric Clayton is 21 years old; McKay, 20. Seems a bit odd to charge someone with "furnishing to a minor" when they are for all practical purposes the same age.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:09 pm

The funny thing is no one knows the truth im personally friends with both people and he is a friend of hers and was 21 he also didnt get the alcohol and intend for her to drive she has taken full responsibility and they were just hanging out having some drinks to celebrate an occassion they noth habe grown and learned alot from this situation

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