Coroner ruling made on pinned driver death |

Coroner ruling made on pinned driver death

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

Vincent Milani, a San Francisco resident found dead July 2 pinned underneath his car down a steep embankment on Pioneer Trail near Black Bart Avenue, had a blood alcohol level of .09, one-tenth of a percent over the legal limit.

“It’s not real high, but it does affect your judgment,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Tom Hill, acting coroner on the case. “He’d been to a ball game in the Bay Area the night before, so there probably was a fatigue factor.”

Hill, who spoke to the man’s parents, said he was told that Milani liked to frequent casinos on South Shore. A deputy found $381 in Milani’s pant’s pocket.

The 29-year-old was driving at high speeds in a green Honda CRX sometime July 1 when he drifted off road and collided with several pine trees, California Highway Patrol reported.

A woman who was biking in the area discovered the accident and used her cell phone to notify police.

“There were no skid marks,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Jones. “The driver’s seat is broken and that typically means there was impact on the driver.”

The car hit three trees, knocking the top section of one tree off and snapping another tree in half. The Honda, which had its roof ripped off by one of the trees, came to rest against another pine 47 feet from the road.

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