The driver of a Ferrari involved in a deadly PCH crash on Sunday has a history of DUI convictions, reports KTLA News.
Although authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, it is likely that the driver, 24-year-old Vladimir Skortsov of Upland, shouldn’t have been allowed to drive at all given his lengthy driving record.
Skvortsov has been cited twice for driving under the influence, most recently in January, and has two DUI convictions. His first DUI conviction occurred in 2007, before he was legally allowed to drink, according to San Bernardino court records.
Police estimate that Skvortsov was driving 90 mph when he lost control of the Ferrari along the Pacific Coast Highway early Sunday morning. The Ferrari was split in half by a power pole as it flew over a cliff, ejecting 23-year-old Basil Max Price III of Pomona and killing him instantly. Skvortsov was also ejected from the car and is currently listed in critical condition with severe injuries at the UCLA Medical Center.
Price's parents owned the Ferrari and told police that the boys took the car for a joyride without their permission.
If Skvortsov survives his injuries from the PCH crash and is found to have been driving under the influence, he could be facing several severe charges, such as vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated or second-degree murder. Both charges are felonies which are punishable by several years in prison. He could also face additional punishments given his history of DUI convictions.
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- Justin Mark Drake Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter for DUI Death (The Los Angeles DUI Blog)