Camp Pendleton Marine pleads not guilty in deadly DUI crash
SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A Camp Pendleton Marine accused of driving drunk and killing a father of two entered a plea of not guilty on Friday. 25 year old Adam Barooshian faced a judge in a Vista courtroom, to answer charges of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and numerous drunk driving related offenses.
He’s accused of killing 29 year old Christopher Williams on New Year’s Day in a collision on State Route 76 near Bonsall.
Williams, a married father of two sons was on a motorcycle returning from his job as a security officer at the Pauma Casino.
Investigators said that Williams was killed, when Barooshian driving the wrong way on State Highway 76 near Bonsall smashed his Lexus IS 300 head-on into the motorcycle.
Barooshian who walked away from the collision with just a few scratches had a blood alcohol content of .18, in a test that was taken five hours after the crash. According to Deputy District Attorney David Uyar, Barroshian was not supposed to be driving. Just three weeks earlier, the Marine pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving offense in San Diego and was on probation.
Williams is survived by his wife, Sarah, a police dispatcher with the Oceanside Police Department.
Since the news of Williams’ death, the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association has offered support for the family, with help for funeral expenses. The association has also set up a GoFundMe page for Sarah and the couple’s two boys, ages eight and five.
Justin Willms, the vice president of the association described the crash as “1000% preventable.”
“Even the person who took Christopher from Sarah and our family, his life or her life is now ruined because of it. That’s going to affect both sides. It’s ridiculous. It needs to stop,” Willms said.
Barooshian will remain behind bars. The judge ordered him held without bail. If convicted of murder, Barooshian faces a possible penalty of 15 years to life in prison.