Release Date/Time: 11/21/2013 2:13 AM
Incident: Murder, Felony hit & run, Felony DUI w/ Injury, Suspended license
Report #: 13-110951
Date: Wednesday, 11/20/2013
Time: 7:12 PM
Location: East Laurel Drive / Constitution Blvd.
Victim 1, had been brought in to NMC a few hours earlier and was found to be intoxicated. At approximately 7 PM she was released. She began walking from the emergency room toward the above listed intersection. Victim 2 saw that Victim 1 forgot her backpack and went after her to return it. Victim 1 made it to E. Laurel Dr. and tried to flag down cars for a ride. She tried to open the door to a black SUV that was stopped in the left turn lane facing e/b on East Laurel Drive. The SUV took off and Victim 1 fell to the ground in the #1 lane. Seeing this, Victim 2 ran out into the roadway to assist Victim 1. She knelt down next to her to provide aid. A white Ford Taurus driven by Francisco Miranda Jr., 23, was traveling e/b in the #1 lane at about 45 mph. Miranda struck both women. He ran over Victim 1 and knocked Victim 2 about 45 feet away. Miranda then ran over Victim 2 before fleeing the scene. Both women were transported to NMC within minutes but both died from their injuries. Miranda's mother was called by a witness and then went to the scene where officers convinced her to call Miranda and have him return to the scene. Miranda reeked of marijuana as did the car. Miranda was found to have been driving under the influence of marijuana. Miranda had two prior DUI convictions this year. During each of these convictions the judge read him the admonition that he could be charged with murder if he continued to drive under the influence and killed someone. Miranda admitted to smoking and submitted to a blood test. He was booked on two counts of Murder, two counts of Felony Hit & Run, Driving Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License and a violation of probation.
The Salinas Police Department is asking for any witnesses that may have been in the area at the above date and time to call Motor Officer J. Munoz at 831-758-7980.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250