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Felon who killed teen in drug-fueled to be sentenced in March


Last updated 2/7/2019 at 8:01am

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

William Patrick Causer Jr. was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Summer Carbone.

MURRIETA - A convicted drunken driver who killed his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter and seriously injured her younger sister when he slammed his van into a utility pole across the street from the Murrieta Police Department while high on methamphetamine is slated to be sentenced next month to 17 years to life in state prison.

A jury on Monday found 29-year-old William Patrick Causer Jr. of Hemet guilty of second-degree murder for the March 31, 2016, death of Summer Carbone of Rialto.

The panel also convicted Causer of child endangerment and sentence-enhancing great bodily injury allegations.

Causer is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center pending sentencing March 15 at the Southwest Justice Center.

According to prosecutors, the defendant was driving 60 mph on Jefferson Avenue while under the influence of meth when he lost control of the van as he passed in front of the police department at 2 Town Square. The vehicle crashed head-on into a light standard.

Causer and his then-girlfriend, 37-year-old Rebekah Joy Davis of Rialto, were strapped into their seats and escaped with minor injuries.

The woman's daughters were asleep in the rear of the van and were not wearing seatbelts. The older girl suffered catastrophic injuries and died at the scene. Her 10-year-old sister suffered a lacerated spleen and broken right leg.

Davis pleaded guilty to child cruelty and was sentenced in August 2016 to four years in state prison.

According to court records, Causer had two prior DUI convictions, as well as convictions for receiving stolen property and felony possession of controlled substances.

Under state law, anytime a defendant has been convicted of DUI and received warnings about the perils of drinking and driving, he or she can be charged with murder when responsible for a deadly crash.


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