Oro Valley Police "Floored" by Blood Test Results in Fatal Motorcycle Crash; Case Dismissed Against Suspect Who Seemed Impaired
Francisco M. Villalpando, 44, killed a motorcyclist on August 21 when he failed to slow his pickup truck at a red light near Tucson. An officer suspected he was impaired on speed, but Villalpando's case was dismissed when a blood test came back negative.
Police believe Francisco Villalpando's pickup truck didn't even slow down before smashing into a motorcyclist waiting for a red light in a Tucson suburb on August 11.
John Kostelny, a 62-year-old motorcycle instructor, was crushed when the force of impact sent him careening into two other vehicles, and he later died of his wounds.
Villalpando, 44, who'd been driving on a suspended license, was uninjured in the crash. Officer Tim Nelson examined him for signs of impairment and noted "significant cues" of stimulant intoxication, such as high blood pressure, says Lieutenant Chris Olson, a special operations supervisor with the Oro Valley Police Department.
On August 21, Villalpando was indicated by a Pima County grand jury for 10 felony counts, including endangerment, aggravated DUI and criminal damage.
But when blood tests on Villalpando came back recently, they showed no evidence of any drug or alcohol in his system. On Friday, prosecutors dismissed their criminal case against Villalpando.