Man charged in I-680 crash that killed motorcyclist

Martinez resident died in chain-reaction wreck near Bollinger Canyon Road exit

A Fremont man was arrested after a multiple-vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist on southbound Interstate 680 in San Ramon on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The 23-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, CHP Officer Derek Reed said.

Authorities declined to release the arrested man's name, citing the pending investigation.

The motorcyclist killed in the crash was identified Tuesday as 39-year-old William Jimenez-Espinoza. The Martinez man died in the chain-reaction collision reported at 4:38 a.m. Monday on southbound I-680 south of Bollinger Canyon Road, CHP officials said.

The Fremont man's Honda struck the back of a big-rig and spun out. The disabled Honda was then struck by Jimenez-Espinoza, who was ejected from his motorcycle. A second big-rig then struck Jimenez-Espinoza, who was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.

Reed said that neither of the truck drivers was injured.

The Honda driver was arrested at the scene and was booked into jail on $150,000 bail.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by MJ
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

Will there ever be a day when people realize that drinking and driving DO NOT mix?! Another death where the innocent are, so senseless. God bless the Jimenez-Espinosa family.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Sep 23, 2015 at 7:49 am

Felony vehicular manslaughter carries a puny sentence. He will be out in less than one year and someone died due to gross negligence.

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:34 am

Bill, that crime is a wobbler. If it's charged as a felony (and he doesn't have prior DUI convictions) it's 4, 6 or 10 years in prison. So figure a 3rd of that between Prop 47 and realignment.

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Posted by Tami
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

Who's drunk at 4:40AM? Just disgusting. My heart goes out to the big rig drivers too. So sad.

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Posted by collins
a resident of Danville
on Sep 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I remember a news story when there was a discussion about the most dangerous time to be on the road. The answer was surprising. Early morning, because even if bars close at 2am, people who consume a large amount of alcohol will still be under the influence. Many people are driving to work and still drunk at that time.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm

I agree Tami - this guy is hard core and it probably was not his first alcohol-involved offense.

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Posted by Yessie
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Sep 29, 2015 at 12:50 pm

The Jimenez-Espinoza Family have a Go-Fund me page please, please share so that we can make sure the family gets help! He was my colleagues/Friends husband.

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