Man accused of killing Princess Almonidovar in DUI crash pleads not-guilty

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The man accused of killing 22-year-old Princess Almonidovar in a crash on Jan. 3 has pleaded not-guilty.

Officers said that a vehicle driven by Alex Rubio, age 24, of Bakersfield, was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed when it collided in the intersection with a vehicle driven by Almonidovar.

Witnesses who spoke to 23ABC said the driver, 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar had the right of way as she was turning left from Ming Ave. onto New Stine Road. 

Almonidovar was killed on impact.

Officers said Rubio ran from his vehicle into a nearby neighborhood where police apprehended him.

Officers arrested Rubio on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, felony hit and run, felony vehicular manslaughter, and resisting arrest.

Rubio was taken to Kern Medical Center for medical clearance before being booked into the Kern County Jail.

Rubio's attorney, Tony Lidgett said that two witnesses have come forward who said they had a red light and Almonidovar was coming in the opposite direction who must of had a red light as well.

The witness said that Almonidovar then turned left where Rubio crashed into her, Lidgett said.

Lidgett said he's representing a kid who has no criminal record and had about 40 to 50 people in the courtroom supporting him.

Lidgett said he hasn't received all of the discovery yet and wants a full investigation to find out what happened.


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