HEMET: Man charged with killing motorist in alcohol-fueled crash

BANNING – A man accused of killing a motorist at a Hemet intersection when he slammed into the victim’s vehicle at 100 mph while driving under the influence was charged today with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter.

Augustin Peralta Jimenez, 48, was arrested by Hemet police Sunday following an investigation into the deadly wreck that claimed the life of 51-year-old Jose Manahan of Menifee.

Jimenez, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, is slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.

According to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson, about 7 p.m. Saturday, Manahan was stopped for a red light on Domenigoni Parkway, where it meets South Sanderson Avenue.

Dickson alleged that Jimenez was going westbound on Domenigoni, traveling “at least 100 mph” in his Chevrolet pickup, when he plowed into the rear of the victim’s Toyota Prius, crushing the smaller vehicle.

Manahan suffered catastrophic injuries and was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he died less than an hour later.

Jimenez suffered minor injuries and was treated at the same hospital. He was kept for 24-hour observation, then released, at which point detectives took him into custody and booked him into jail.

The defendant has no prior documented felony convictions.

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