LANCASTER – A 58-year-old man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing his pickup truck into a motorcycle, killing its rider, has been charged with murder.
Javier Guzman-Pena is charged with murdering 69-year-old Glenn Arnold Grimm of Lancaster. Guzman-Pena is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol content causing injury, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from a crash that occurred around 2 p.m. April 19 at the intersection of 90th Street East and Avenue K in Lancaster.
Guzman-Pena was driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck northbound on 90th Street East at approximately 55 mph when he rear-ended Grimm’s 2005 Harley-Davidson that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Avenue K, according to the CHP.
Grimm was thrown from his bike onto the dirt shoulder and pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP officials.
Guzman-Pena was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Charges were filed against Guzman-Pena on April 21, his 58th birthday, according to court records.
Guzman-Pena appeared in court on April 21, but he did not enter a plea. His arraignment was continued to May 6.
Guzman-Pena remains jailed on $1 million bail.
Editor’s note: A California Highway Patrol report named the suspect as Javier Gomez-Pena, however, the suspect was charged as Javier Guzman-Pena.
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