Maldonado’s son driver in fatal accident
August 22, 2014
The 16-year-old son of former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado was the driver of a truck that struck and killed a cyclist on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria on August 9, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.
Maldonado’s 16-year-old son, who is not being named, was the driver and his 18-year-old son Nicolas Maldonado was a passenger in the truck towing a horse trailer when it struck and killed a Chula Vista man. Matthew Troy O’Neill ,33, was pronounced dead at the scene.
California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the incident and looking at factors such as speed, distracted driving and failing to follow the California Vehicle Code.
State law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from transporting passengers under 20 years of age unless “accompanied and supervised by a licensed parent, guardian, or other licensed driver 25 years of age or older.”
Neither of the Maldonado brothers was injured in the accident. Investigators do not think drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.
In July 2012, Nicolas Maldonado was riding with his mother when a driver failed to heed a stop sign also on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria. The driver of that car died and Maldonado and his mother were sent to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
At that time, Abel Maldonado was running for congress. Investigators determined the deceased driver was at fault for the accident.