On April 4, 2021, a Lyft driver was transporting a passenger when he fell asleep at the wheel. The driver got into an accident, and the passenger died from their injuries. Now, the driver is being charged with manslaughter.
Andy Van Pham, 30, was driving in Tustin around 7 a.m. when he fell asleep near Jamboree Road and Patriot Way. At the time, he was transporting Margie Quibol, 70. Upon falling asleep, he crashed into a light pole. Quibol was transported to the hospital but ultimately died from their injuries.
On July 20, the Orange County Superior Court issues an arrest warrant for Pham after police said, “After an extensive investigation by the Tustin Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team, it was determined the driver, 30-year-old Andy Van Pham was driving with negligence resulting in the death of the victim.”
Pham was arrested and booked into Orange County jail without incident. He is being charged with vehicular manslaughter with ordinary negligence. He is being held on $10,000 bail and has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false information to a police officer, and making an unsafe turn or lane change.
In a statement from Lyft, the company noted Pham has been permanently deactivated as a driver and is helping law enforcement with the investigation: “We are heartbroken by this tragic incident and our hearts are with the rider’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”
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