Few things can be more tragic than the death of a child. KTLA reports that a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol is being blamed for the death of a 2-year-old toddler who was killed in a car crash in Palmdale.
According to the report that appeared on the website on Friday, 26-year-old Devon Devere Dorsey of California city was allegedly driving a vehicle while intoxicated on Sunday, November 15th.
Also in the vehicle with Dorsey was a woman and her two young children. Near the intersection of Avenue P and 240th Street, Dorsey lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dirt embankment.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and found the woman had been injured, while her son, 2-year-old Michael Bonner, was reported to have died at the scene of the accident.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Lost Angeles District Attorney’s Office says that Dorsey is facing several felony charges. These charges include driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily harm, gross vehicular manslaughter, two felony counts of child abuse under conditions or circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death, and one misdemeanor count of driving on a revoked or suspended license.
If convicted of the charges, Dorsey will face a potential maximum of 13 years or more in a California State Prison.
A judge has sent Dorsey’s bond at $2 million. On Thursday, November 19th, Dorsey pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Officials have said that the incident is still under investigation by both the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.