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Mission Viejo Driver Turns Self in on Murder Charges

William Carroll left Orange County for New York after driving the wrong way down Santa Margarita in a wreck that killed a woman.

William Joseph Carroll, 47, has turned himself in on charges of second-degree murder. Patch file photo
William Joseph Carroll, 47, has turned himself in on charges of second-degree murder. Patch file photo
He's behind bars in New York, but when he'll be returned to Orange County is uncertain.

After driving the wrong way in an accident that killed another driver and critically injured himself last May, William Joseph Carroll, 47, has turned himself in on second-degree murder charges in Albany, NY, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Carroll was charged with murder instead of manslaughter because he has a prior drunken driving conviction from 2008, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said. Defendants are advised in DUI cases that they could be charged with murder if involved in a deadly collision involving drugs or alcohol.

Carroll was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol when his pickup headed south on the north side of Santa Margarita Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita, colliding head-on with a minivan. He lived in Mission Viejo at the time.

Ana Martinez, 36, who was driving the minivan, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the mother of three children.

Carroll was not immediately booked due to his injuries, a sheriff's spokesman told the Orange County Register. He said toxicology reports took longer than expected.

According to the paper, Carroll left a suicidal message on a former girlfriend's phone earlier that night saying he was drunk and "going to die tonight."

Orange County Superior Court records show that Carroll pled guilty to drunk driving in 2008 and was arrested for public intoxication, trespassing and resisting arrest in 2011.

City News Service contributed to this report.
Rebecca Goddard January 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Drinking and Driving - horrible choice. A 7 dollar cab ride, could have avoided all of this tragedy.
Lee Stout January 22, 2014 at 03:47 AM
Rebecca, As stated in the article, his intention was to drive and intentionally get into a head on collision killing himself. This was attempted suicide and intentional murder.
Jimmy Dean January 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM
F'n drugs again!
mOmO123 January 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM
What a horribly selfish man. I really hope they throw the book at this guy.
Kathy DeLucio January 22, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Lee, the same thing happened with my mother. The man had AIDS, was depressed, got high on pot, and intentionally drove through a red light to broadside my mother's car at 65 mph because he wanted to commit suicide (witnesses said he never touched his brake). She died instantly; he died two days later. Such a tragedy for both families that could have been avoided.

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