Man found guilty of murder in DUI wreck with Camino woman

SACRAMENTO - A man accused of killing a Camino women in a drunk-driving accident was found guilty of murder in an El Dorado County courthouse Friday.

El Dorado County District Attorney investigator Dave Stevenson said Joshua McCavitt was found guilty of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of Denise Caldwell.

Caldwell was killed in September 2012 while driving home on eastbound on Pony Express Trail with her husband following behind in his vehicle. At the same time, McCavitt was driving westbound on Pony Express Trail at three times the suggested speed limit when his lifted pick-up truck swerved into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Caldwell, Stevenson said.

According to Stevenson, the impact was so violent, witnesses over 100 yards away described the crash as an explosion.

Caldwell was pronounced dead at the scene.

McCavitt, who suffered minor injuries in the wreck, was arrested at the scene and booked into the El Dorado County Jail.

McCavitt's blood alcohol was determined to be .12 percent at the time of the crash. He was also found to be under the influence of marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax, Stevenson revealed.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson commented on the outcome of the trial:

This is the exact type of behavior that will not be tolerated in our community. Cases such as these which involve repeat DUI offenders and death or great bodily harm are assigned to our grant funded Vertical Prosecution Team. This team of specialized prosecutors and investigators has once again proven the effectiveness of this grant when prosecuting complex DUI cases.


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