An 18-year-old accused of driving under the influence of alcohol lies in prison after a fatal accident in Gilbert.
The victim was a 23-year-old man from Mesa who was driving home near Gilbert Road and Main Street. It’s the way victim Luis Teran gets home all the time, but police say this time, he’s bumped into a drunk driver.
He was returning from work. “He was less than a mile away from us,” said Terran’s older sister, Adrian Briceno. His family called and texted when he didn’t come home from work at nearby Walmart.
Mesa Police say witnesses saw 18-year-old James Langston whisk past the yellow lights and stop squeaking before hitting a Terran.
Investigators say Langston’s blood alcohol content was more than 0.27. Court documents state that Langston was driving faster than 80 mph.
“How bad is your life to the point where you need to get yourself so drunk, that high, and be pretty irresponsible to grab a pickup truck and hit the throttle to 90 mph in an area of about 35 kilometers,” Briceno said.
The teen allegedly told firefighters that he drank a bottle of Captain Morgan and four beers. Police say it smells like burning marijuana.
“I never thought these things would happen,” said Teran’s mother, Adriana Chaids.
Now she is agonizing as she prepares to burn him, saying her son would have graduated from Mesa Community College in November.
He has been remembered as an artist with a unique personality. The 23-year-old loved drawing and wanted to become a graphic designer.
His mother said, “And now he’s not here with us and I want justice.”
Langston is charged with reckless murder while on bail of $ 500,000.