Man Accused of Giving Booze To Underage DUI Driver in Fatal Crash Now Facing Charges

The intoxicated, wrong-way driver, 20, hit and killed a man in May 2013 on Highway 24.

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.

[Previous: Fatal Friday Morning Crash on 24 Caused by Wrong-Way Driver.]

ABC spokesman John Carr said today 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


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