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Man Booked for Murder in Fatal Crash

Investigators Suspect Alcohol Involved in Woman’s Death

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:00 am

A 24-year-old Lakewood man is in custody without bail after his arrest on four felony charges, including murder, following a Friday morning crash on Highway 330 in which an 18-year-old woman was killed.

Kenneth Jerome Blow Jr. was arrested at 10:05 a.m. by California Highway Patrol officers at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was being treated for what a CHP press release described as moderate injuries.

He was booked at West Valley Detention Center. According to jail records, Blow was being held for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in bodily injury, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol reading of .08 or higher, and murder.

Jail records also indicate Blow was scheduled for an appearance in San Bernardino Superior Court on Tuesday. However, a CHP officer said Tuesday morning that the case was being presented at that same hour to the district attorney’s office for subsequent filing of criminal charges.

According to the CHP press release, Blow was at the wheel of a 2002 Ford Focus as it was southbound on Highway 330, south of Highway 18, at 6:06 a.m. Friday.

For reasons the incident’s investigation has yet to determine, Blow allowed the car to drift off the roadway, the release says. An officer told The Mountain News that Blow failed to negotiate a right-hand curve about a half mile south of Highway 18.

The car then reportedly veered out of control and crossed the southbound and northbound lanes. Blow’s vehicle then crashed into the hillside and traveled up the slope, turning over.

As it did, the release says, Rebecca Leigh Green, who was seated in the right front passenger’s seat, was thrown from the vehicle. Green, who was also from Lakewood, died at the scene from extensive injuries.

Blow was partially ejected from the car and suffered unspecified injuries. Two other passengers—Tony Willevy, 22, and Robert Mathews, 24, both of Bellflower—reportedly suffered moderate injuries. Paramedics from the Running Springs Fire Department transported all three men to Loma Linda for treatment.

CHP Officer Stan Brake said one of the victims told investigators the four had been staying in a cabin in Smiley Park prior to the accident.

No information was available at press time as to the nature of the injuries or what the relationship was between Blow and Green.

“Although the cause of this collision is still under investigation, it is suspected that alcohol and speed may have been contributing factors,” the CHP release states. A blood sample was reportedly taken from Blow at the hospital.

According to San Bernardino Superior Court records, Blow’s previous criminal record in this county is limited to an April 13, 2009, arrest for driving with a suspended license and speeding at more than 100 miles per hour. Both charges were later dismissed.

CHP investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call the patrol’s Arrowhead Area office in Running Springs at (909) 867-2791.

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