Thursday, February 11, 2010

Man Arrested after Fatal Crash Involving 11-year-old Driver

It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to prohibit children from operating a vehicle because they are not yet skilled and qualified to do so.

A 34-year-old man who may have permitted an 11-year-old boy to drive a vehicle now faces possible jail time because his actions allegedly resulted to a vehicle accident that ended the lives of three people.

Authorities arrested Froylan Zamora Gonzales after he was released from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he received treatment for injuries he sustained in the Jan. 11 fatal accident.

The man was booked on the suspicion of two counts of child endangerment and three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

According to reports, Jose Silva Covarrubias, 11, was driving a 1993 Honda and was unable to stop at a stop sign. A car that was being driven by Charles Seguin, 44, from Porterville, then broadsided the vehicle.

Jose, his 30-year-old mother Maria Silva Covarrubias, and six-year-old sister Elizabeth Silva Covarrubias all died in the incident. Meanwhile, Gonzales sustained major injuries.

A family’s relative previously claimed that Gonzales may have been giving the boy driving lessons because it is the only reason why the boy was operating the vehicle.