Drivers Gone Bad

March 9 Fatal Car Crash: Linked to Below-the-Waist Nudity, Alcohol; Husband Jailed

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, [Matthew P.] Notebaert [30] was driving east on Stallion Drive at 55 mph at 12:30 a.m. The dead-end dirt road has a speed limit of 30 mph and ends at a canal. Investigators determined the car steered slightly to the right before launching over the canal, but there was no braking.

The car was airborne for 30 feet, crashing into the far bank of the canal. Neither of the Notebaerts were wearing seatbelts and both were naked from the waist down, according to the affidavit. Amanda Notebaert’s head hit the dashboard and windshield, while Matthew Notebaert’s knees were crushed by the lower part of the dashboard. She died at the scene.

An investigator at the hospital reported that Notebaert smelled strongly of alcohol and was vomiting. The investigator overheard Notebaert telling someone on a phone call that he “was not paying attention and drove down the wrong road and they wound up in a canal and killed his wife.”

A search of the crashed vehicle turned up a flask with a whisky-like liquid inside. Toxicology results showed Notebaert had a blood-alcohol level of .135 to .163 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. Results also returned a high level of active and metabolized THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana.

Notebaert was jailed Wednesday on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and DUI property damage.

Man was half-naked and speeding in crash that killed wife, police say., 5/8/2014.

Argument Leads to Shooting Leads to Driving into Bystanders

There were some tense moments in a Houston, Texas neighborhood Wednesday when a car plowed through a crowd gathered at a murder scene.

Investigators say it all began as a dispute between neighbors and then it quickly escalated out of control.

That dispute led to a fatal shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

Then while the investigation was underway, the driver of a silver sedan suddenly plowed through the crowd of onlookers.

The car clipped at least one person.

Officials say the driver of the car is believed to be the father of the alleged murder suspect.

The suspect is still on the loose.

Video: Driver plows through crowd at shooting scene., 5/7/2014.

Raw video: Driver tries to run people over. The Grio/MSNBC, 5/8/2014.


Man Who Stops to Help Woman Killed in Hit-&-Run Double Murder-Attempted Murder

Just before 4 a.m. Wednesday Patrick Balbastro, 32, and a female passenger, were driving home when he saw a man assaulting a woman in the 2200 block of East Sunland Vista, near East 36th Street and South Campbell Avenue.

Balbastro called 911 to report the altercation and told the emergency dispatcher he had to help the woman, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. Multiple calls were made to 911 regarding the assault.

When Balbastro got out of his car to help the woman, the suspect attacked him. At some point during the attack, the passenger got out of in Balbastro’s car, Widmer said.

After the assault, the suspect got into Balbastro’s car and “aggressively use the vehicle as a weapon to strike all three victims multiple times,” Widmer said.

The suspect fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle after colliding into a tree near East Sunland Vista and South Campbell Avenue. He may have been injured in the crash, Widmer said.

The woman who was assaulted, Cindy Burnett, 47, died at the scene. Balbastro succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Balbastro’s 43-year-old passenger is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Widmer said.

Good Samaritan killed in hit-and-run double homicide. Arizona Daily Star, 1/2/2014.

Drunk Man Drives into Bedroom, Killing 1

Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday after a suspected drunk driver drove a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo.

Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.

Hallock says 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

It wasn’t immediately clear how fast the car was going downhill when it jumped the curb and landed inside the house.

Kourosh Keshmiri Arrested After Car Plows Into Calif. Bedroom, Killing Man. HuffPo Crime, 12/29/2013.

Woman Dead, Son Injured, in Possible Road Rage Accident

State Police say the 27-year-old mother, identified as Tiffany Lesane of Middletown, became involved in some sort of altercation with another driver beginning on Dolson Avenue in Middletown.

The two vehicles traveled on Dolson for more than a mile before they went on to Interstate 84 eastbound, where they went on for about another mile, according to state police investigator Patrick Beyea. Lesane then lost control of her Ford Focus and the vehicle flipped at least twice before coming to a rest on the median near exit 4 in Wallkill, about two hours north of New York City.

The other driver fled the scene. Police are searching for a light blue vehicle.

“There was no contact between the vehicles but it appears to be some sort of road rage incident based on what witnesses are telling us,” said Beyea.

Road Rage May Have Caused Crash That Killed 27-Year-Old Mother: Police. NBC New York, 11/9/2013.

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