LANCASTER – A 24-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash last month that claimed the life of his female passenger is facing several felony counts, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Andres Albert Rubidoux (aka Andrew Rubidoux) is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, D.U.I. causing injury, driving with .08% blood alcohol causing injury, and being an unlicensed driver, according to court records.
The charges were filed in connection with a single-vehicle collision that claimed the life of 22-year-old Destiny Marie Tennison.
The crash occurred around 11:13 p.m. on Feb. 25 near the intersection of Avenue I and 15th Street East in Lancaster. Rubidoux was driving eastbound on Avenue I, approaching 15th Street East, when his vehicle ran off the road onto a dirt shoulder, sheriff’s officials said.
Rubidoux overcorrected, lost control of the vehicle and careened through the intersection, striking a traffic signal pole, sheriff’s officials said.
Tennison, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rubidoux was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he was admitted into intensive care. Preliminary toxicology results put Rubidoux’s blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, officials said.
Upon his release from the hospital, Rubidoux was arrested on a felony warrant for vehicle manslaughter on March 5, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
Rubidoux pleaded not guilty to all charges on March 6, and was remanded to custody on $150,000 bail, according to court records.
Rubidoux is due back in court on Monday, March 18, for a preliminary hearing.