Man charged with killing 14-year-old girl in Newport Beach DUI crash

A 30-year-old man named Joseph Alcazar from Fontana has been charged with murder after allegedly driving under the influence and striking a 14-year-old girl, Rosenda Elizabeth Smiley from Rialto, in Newport Beach on May 25. The incident occurred near Balboa Boulevard and Palm Street, around a block away from the Balboa Fun Zone, as Smiley was crossing the street with two other people.

Alcazar reportedly decided to drive around a stopped car and continued through the street, striking Smiley and running over the foot of a 13-year-old girl. Emergency crews arrived at the scene, but Smiley was pronounced dead.

Alcazar’s 8-year-old daughter and another man were reportedly in the car during the crash. Alcazar was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.

Investigators discovered that Alcazar had previously been convicted of two DUI incidents, including one related to a crash that left him seriously injured. He was arrested at the scene and charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury with two previous prior convictions, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of .08 or higher with two previous prior convictions, and one misdemeanor count of willful endangerment of a child.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer expressed his condolences to the family of Smiley, stating that Alcazar’s “selfish decision” took the life of a young girl and endangered the life of his own daughter. If convicted on all counts, Alcazar faces up to 15 years to life, plus six years in prison.