On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, a Huntington Beach man was sentenced to three years probation, 300 hours of community service, and a $5,500 children’s charity donation because of a fatal crash that killed an infant.
In September 2010, Robert Casares was driving his car on Springdale Street and Croupier Drive in Huntington Beach, when he hit a pickup truck. The truck was forced into the crosswalk, due to the impact of the crash, where it hit a baby stroller. Ruby Rose Gould, the 4-month-old baby, was ejected from the stroller and later died of injuries.
According to officials, Casares took his eyes off the road, which led to this distracted driving Orange County car crash. The police report shows that the pickup truck had stopped at the crosswalk to let pedestrians cross the street when it was rear-ended by the Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Robert Casares.
Renee Gould, the infant’s mother who was crossing the street pushing the stroller, was also hit in the crash and sustained serious injuries, including a dislocated shoulder and fractured vertebrae.
Mr. Casares, the 50-year-old driver, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of this infant.
Mrs. Gould, of Australia, was in Southern California on vacation visiting family when this tragic accident occurred. She traveled back to California for the recent hearing.