It has come to light that Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, was behind the wheel when his brother died in a car accident as a teenager.
It has since been revealed that this was not Mr. Pelosi's first time being behind the wheel during an accident. At 16-years-old, he was driving with his brother David, 19, in the passenger seat when he lost control of the vehicle and flipped it into an embankment. Mr. Pelosi survived, but David was killed.
As the Daily Mail reports, the crash took place just before 3:00 am on February 22, 1957. Mr. Pelosi had picked David up from his girlfriend's house and decided to go on a "joyride" before heading home.
"David John Pelosi, 19 ... was trapped under the light car driven by his brother when it flipped over on Skyline Highway a mile north of Crystal Springs," a newspaper report stated shortly after the crash.
"David warned young Paul, as the car neared a tight curve near the dam: 'This is a bad stretch–better slow down,'" the report continued.
"Paul said he tried to slow down by shifting gears, and lost control. The car veered across the road, bounced back from a small embankment, climbed 20 feet up another, spun around and somersaulted simultaneously and ended up-side down on the shoulder with both youths underneath."
The San Francisco Examiner wrote at the time that David was dead on arrival at the hospital, and that he likely strangled to death on a neck brace he was wearing to support a neck fracture he sustained when he dove into shallow water in Lake Tahoe.
'They jacked up the car to relieve the pressure but the youth apparently was already dead,' the newspaper reported.
The report also noted that Mr. Pelosi suffered a broken collarbone as a result of the crash, and was cited by police for misdemeanor manslaughter, a charge that was later dropped.
Mr. Pelosi was was issued two traffic citation in 2011, one for running a red light, and another for veering over the center line.
In Saturday’s incident, he drove through a stop sign and was hit my Jesus Lopez, 48, who was driving north in Jeep.
Mr. Pelosi was arrested at 10:22 on Saturday on two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08% or higher, with bail being set at $5,000.
He was released on Sunday morning.
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