The Stanislaus County District Attorney's office is prosecuting vehicular manslaughter charges against two men who were allegedly drunk as they ran stop signs that resulted in a fatal 2015 crash southwest of Ceres.
Marco Ruelas, 26, of Newman, died from injuries he sustained in the Jan. 10, 2015 crash at Morgan and Grayson roads. He was riding as a passenger in a car driven by Andrew Vazquez, 25, of Modesto, and not wearing a seatbelt. Vazquez died at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto four days after the crash.
Authorities have yet to find Vazquez to arrest him and bring him to charges.
Shannon Wayne Dunkirk, 21, of Waterford, was arrested last week.
The California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred before 1 a.m. as both drivers reached the controlled intersection at the same time. Vasquez was driving a Honda northbound on Morgan Road and failed to stop at the stop sign as Dunkirk ran his Acura past his stop sign for westbound Grayson Road. The wrecked vehicles came to rest in the field at the northwest corner after plowing through a fence.
Dunkirk, then 20, was driving three passengers, some of whom were hurt or moderately injured. He told the investigating CHP officer that he had been drinking alcoholic beverage for several hours at a Ceres home. Since he was not legally able to buy alcohol, he successfully asked a homeless man to buy it for him. After the crash Dunkirk was arrested and booked for suspicion of felony drunken driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, possession of marijuana, possession of hash oil and DUI under the age of 21.
Vazquez and his passenger reportedly had just left work at Bronco Winery, located south of Keyes Road just two miles from the crash site. Vasquez was also arrested that morning for felony drunken driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.
Dunkirk is in jail on a $100,000 bail.