Abel Maldonado’s son charged with manslaughter
September 25, 2014
The Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the 16-year-old son of former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado for a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a cyclist. The teen is due in court on Friday.
On Aug. 9, 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 a truck towing a horse trailer when it struck and killed a Chula Vista man on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria. Matthew Troy O’Neill , 33, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In addition to manslaughter, prosecutors are charging Maldonado’s 16-year-old son with failing to comply with several state driving laws. 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.