Laguna Nigel Man Sentenced to 4 Years For Vehicular Manslaughter

Trevor Coffman, of Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, plus a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to an elder. He will serve 4 years in state prison.

Coffman, who had been drinking after a recreational softball game crashed into a Volvo killing Frank Howd, 82 and Catherine Malloy, 72. The driver of the Volvo, Sally Howd, 76, was seriously injured. Coffman was travelling down the I-5 freeway near El Toro Road when he crashed into the Volvo which had been disabled from an earlier crash.

Prosecutors argued that due to him being under the influence of alcohol and under the influence of marijuana, Coffman was impaired and thus, unable to stop his vehicle safely in order to avoid the accident. Coffman’s defense attorney argued that the disabled Volvo, was in a dark area of the freeway and did not have proper hazard lighting and the accident was due to Coffman being impaired. Coffman had a BAC of .10 slightly over the legal limit but also had marijuana in his system.

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