Driver faces charges in fatal toll-road crash

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Article Date: 10/20/2009 | Resource: MLG

Driver faces charges in fatal toll-road crash

“Richard Caselli is accused of driving in excess of 100 mph before collision on 73 toll road.”

A Ladera Ranch man is facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated stemming from a high-speed crash on the 73 toll road on Friday that resulted in the death of a San Clemente man.

Richard Ernest Caselli, 37, was travelling in a Volvo sedan on southbound 73 in excess of 100 miles per hour when he struck 52-year-old Brook Boynton’s Nissan sport utility vehicle from behind just north of Laguna Canyon Road, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. The impact caused the SUV to spin out of control and roll over, prosecutors said. Boynton was ejected from the vehicle and died soon after at the scene of the accident.

Caselli showed signs of intoxication and failed to perform field sobriety tests, the California Highway Patrol said. He was arrested and booked into Orange County jail.

Boynton is survived by his mother and two sisters, said his brother-in-law, Lou Berger of Denver, Colo.

Boynton and was an avid competitor in Ironman competitions, Berger said. In a triathlon in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, earlier this year, Boynton earned fifth place in his age group, almost making it to a Hawaii invitational, Berger said.

“It’s a shock to all of us,” Berger said. “We are going to put together a celebration of his life in California since he had so many friends there.”

Brook Boynton worked as a chemical engineer at Behr Process in Santa Ana, said Evelyn Devine, a colleague.
Caselli is being held on $150,000 bail and his arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 9. If convicted, Caselli faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, prosecutors said.

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Jeffrey Marquart