LIVERMORE (KRON) — The Alameda County coroner has identified the mother and child who were killed after an allegedly drunk driver struck them in Livermore on Saturday.
Forty-six-year-old Seaside resident Esperanza Morales-Rodriguez and her 14-month-old daughter Ulidia Perez-Morales died after a vehicle crashed into a building in the 900 block of Murrieta Boulevard shortly before 6:50 p.m., according to police and the coroner’s bureau.
Police arrested thirty-five-year-old Livermore resident Brian Jones on suspected DUI. Jones was at a wine festival before the crash, according to police.
“We know that he was at the wine country festival, but we don’t know what time he left,” Livermore police officer Ryan Sanchez said. “They stopped serving alcohol at 5 p.m. and the crash happened about an hour and 50 minutes later.”
Sanchez said that the wine festival is permitted by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and vendors receive training about serving intoxicated individuals. Livermore police also maintain a presence at the festival, identifying visibly intoxicated people and helping them find sober rides, according to Sanchez.
Sanchez said Jones was allegedly driving at high speeds on Murrieta Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle. Sanchez said the mother and daughter were walking on a paved path between the sidewalk and an apartment complex when Jones’s vehicle allegedly struck them.
The mother and baby were pronounced dead at the scene. Debris from the crash scattered and struck two boys, injuring them. They were transported to the hospital and are now in stable condition.
Jones was being held on $350,000 bail in the county jail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court today, jail records show.