LANCASTER – A 24-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing the Feb. 25 crash that killed the mother of his children has pleaded no contest to two felony charges.
Andres (Andrew) Rubidoux pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing injury, according to court records.
Rubidoux entered the plea at the Antelope Valley courthouse Tuesday, the day of his scheduled preliminary hearing.
Rubidoux had been charged with murder, driving without a license and three felony DUI charges in connection with the single-vehicle crash on Feb. 25 that killed Destiny Marie Tennison.
Rubidoux, the father of Tennison’s two young children, had been giving Tennison a late-night ride to Walmart when the collision occurred, according to Tennison’s relatives.
The couple was traveling eastbound on Avenue I, approaching 15th street east, when Rubidoux traveled off the roadway and then overcorrected and lost control of the car, sheriff’s officials said.
The vehicle skidded through the intersection and crashed into a traffic signal pole. Tennison was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rubidoux was transported to the hospital, where toxicology reports put his blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, sheriff’s officials said.
On March 5, just days after his release from Antelope Valley Hospital’s intensive care unit, Rubidoux was arrested on a felony warrant for vehicular manslaughter. On March 18, the charges were upgraded to include murder, bail was raised to $1 million, and a preliminary hearing to decide if the case would go to trial was scheduled for March 26, according to court records.
After pleading to the lesser charges Tuesday, Rubidoux was ordered back to county jail without bail. He is due back in court on April 16 for sentencing.
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