A young man who was driving without a license and under the influence of drugs when he fell into another vehicle at high speed on Poway Road – killing a man and his 13-year-old son – pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated manslaughter while drunk.
Donald Lee Farmer, 20, was under the influence of marijuana and Xanax at the time of the Feb. 12, 2021 accident that killed Stephen Pirolli, 54, and his teenage son, Stephen Pirolli Jr., according to prosecutors.
The farmer, who also pleaded guilty to driving without a license, faces up to four to eight years in prison when he is sentenced on June 30.
Pirollis Toyota drove around 7pm on Espola Street.
Elder Piroli died on the spot. His son was taken to hospital, where he died.
According to the preliminary hearing, the accident happened after the 13-year-old attended a baseball training at Poway High School. . He and his father were turning left from a school parking lot when their vehicle was hit.
Deputy Sheriff Nathaniel Bier testified that the reconstruction of the scene of the collision showed that Farmer was driving about 90 mph at the time of the crash. The speed limit on this section of Espola is 45 mph.
Deputy Sheriff Ryan Christie testified that Farmer told him he was driving about 45 to 50 miles at the time. He told Christie that Pyrolis’s vehicle was moving in the lane to his right when their car suddenly overturned in front of him, the deputy testified.
The farmer had a student license, but no driver’s license at the time. The farmer was alone in his vehicle when the accident occurred.
Under California law, licensed apprentice drivers can only drive when they are accompanied by a driver who is at least 25 years old.
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