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Marine arrested on warrant for vehicular manslaughter

SANTA ANA - A 25-year-old Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, who was accused of a drunken-driving crash that killed one friend and hurt two others last year, was arrested today on a warrant for gross vehicular manslaughter.

Andrew Stueber was charged Wednesday with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated with sentencing enhancement allegations for causing bodily injury to two additional victims, Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez said. He was arrested at Camp Pendleton today and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Baez said.

Stueber crashed a Ford Mustang just after 2 a.m., Aug. 1, killing 22- year-old Edmund Vandecasteele, and injuring Robert Nichols, 22, and Kyle Nance, 21, who were all passengers in the car, Baez said.

Stueber was driving double the 35 mph speed limit on Avenida Vista Montana in San Clemente after drinking with friends at Goody's Tavern when he lost control of the car, veered across the road and slammed into a tree with such force it split the car in half, Baez said.

Stueber, who suffered head injuries and was taken to the hospital, had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent about two hours after the crash, Baez said. Vandecasteele, who was in the front seat of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. Nichols and Nance, who were in the back seat, sustained cuts and bruises in the collision.

Baez said he did not know Stueber's rank. Stueber, who is also accused of driving without car insurance, could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors will seek $150,000 bail for Stueber.


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