AV Times: Trial for Fatal Easter Sunday Crash

Roberto Rodriguez faces trial after his Nissan veered off the road, crashing and killing 16 year-old Giselle Mendoza in her apartment. Source: AV Times

After a year of mourning over a fatal Easter Sunday accident in 2014, Roberto Rodriguez must stand trial for the death of 16-year-old Giselle Mendoza. The decision for trial was made after a two-day hearing of listening to recorded interviews done by detectives at the time of the crash. During the trial, more witnesses will come up to speak to the account. Rodriguez was held for a blood alcohol content of .08% and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to The Antelope Valley Times.

Rodriguez was 20 years old at the time of the accident. He was said to be coming from a friend’s house and was later found in the side of the apartment building off of East Avenue R and 10th Street East. He was traveling from Avenue R-8 and 35th Street East to Avenue S.

Inside the apartment, Mendoza was sleeping in her room. Rodriguez said he remembered going “really fast.” A technical specialist tracked the Nissan Pathfinder and indicated his speed was 105 mph. A Breathalyzer test indicated his blood alcohol content.

He admitted to going to a friend’s house after his shift at Little Caesar’s and playing early morning beer pong, during which he had about six to seven beers. When wanting to leave to go home, he sat in the Nissan for about ten minutes in attempt to “sober up” before driving home. The next thing he remembered was the wall and being yelled at and hit repeatedly by who is assumed to be someone form the apartment.

Charges were not pressed against the individual hitting Rodriguez.

Rodriguez faces a maximum of possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison.


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