LANCASTER – A driver who was allegedly drunk when he plowed his pickup truck into a Lancaster home and crushed an elderly lady sleeping in her bed has been charged with murder.
Aaron Daniel Benson, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murdering 71-year-old Patricia Ann Holmes, according to a felony criminal complaint. Benson is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense. The charging document also alleges Benson personally inflicted great bodily injury upon Patricia Holmes.
Benson appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom April 1, but he did not enter a plea and arraignment was postponed to April 15, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from a crash that occurred around 10:55 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the 1000 block of West Avenue J-12 in Lancaster.
Benson crashed his 2001 Toyota Tacoma into several parked cars on both sides of the street before ramming the pickup truck into the elderly victim’s home, according to sheriff’s officials.
The 71-year-old woman was found in her bed underneath the pickup truck, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbors who came outside when they heard the crash said the driver appeared uninjured, but he was panicked and “freaking out.”
Benson was arrested around 11:30 p.m. March 29. He has been jailed since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.
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