Accused Drunk Driver Charged With Murder After Fatal Crash

By Dina Kaplan

(LOUISVILLE, November 22nd, 2004, 5 p.m.) -- A 21-year-old native of Mexico went before a judge Monday to face DUI and murder charges. Police say Fabian Jarquin-Rios was drunk when he got behind the wheel of his car early Sunday morning before causing a crash that killed a 35-year-old woman. WAVE 3's Dina Kaplan reports.

In addition to charges of murder and DUI, Jarquin-Rios also faces two counts of wanton endangerment. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was taken back into custody.

The charges stem from a crash involving Jarquin-Rios and a 35-year-old woman from the Congo.

Emergency crews were called to Hurstbourne Parkway and I-64 just before 2 a.m. Jeffersontown Police Col. Kim Webber says Jarquin-Rios was driving south on Hurstbourne Lane in a Chevy Van when he ran the stoplight at the entrance ramp to westbound I-64, striking a Mazda sedan carrying six people and sending it into a ditch.

The Mazda was turning left from Hurstbourne onto I-64 at the time of the crash.

35-year-old Astride Kapinga. who was riding in the back seat of the Mazda, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released.

The other five people, two adults and three children, were taken to University and Kosair Children's Hospital. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

During Monday's arraignment, workers from the University Hospital's ER stated that they smelled alcohol on Jarquin-Rios as he was being treated. He later tested positive for alcohol and reportedly admitted to paramedics that he had been drinking.

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