Teen in Crash Used Alcohol, CHP Says

By Times Staff and Wire Reports
Originally printed in The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, April 14, 1992

A Las Vegas teen-ager who drove his truck into comedian Sam Kinison’s car had been drinking alcohol before the fatal collision, authorities said Monday.

California Highway Patrol Officer Don Woelke said the 17-year-old driver had alcohol on his breath Friday night when investigators arrived at the scene of the crash, near the California-Nevada border. They also found open beer cans in the cab of the youth’s truck, Woelke said.

The youth is being held at San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall.

Kinison, 38, was killed when the truck swerved into his lane and struck his car on U.S. 95.


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