SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A 61-year-old man was behind bars Wednesday for allegedly driving while impaired and crashing an SUV into an adult day-care facility in La Mesa, killing a man inside the building.
Daniel Joseph Corona of La Mesa was arrested late Tuesday evening in connection with the July 28 crash in the 7300 block of University Avenue.
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Corona was headed east about 5:30 that afternoon when his vehicle veered off the roadway, crossed a sidewalk and smashed into a commercial building housing Golden Life ADHC Center, La Mesa police Lt. Greg Runge said.
The impact mortally injured an employee of the business, 41-year-old Braden Jockmyhn, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Emergency crews helped Corona out of his damaged vehicle and took him to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Corona was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, and transportation and possession of a narcotic for sale.
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Police did not disclose what type of drug or drugs the suspect purportedly possessed or allegedly had taken prior to the fatal crash. He was being held on $1 million bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday.
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