SANTA ANA - A third-striker was sentenced today to 35 years to life in state prison for killing an 18-year-old graduate of Huntington Beach High School by crashing into the victim's stopped car at over 60 mph while under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drugs. Danny Lewis Malone, 56, Orange, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 5, 2009, of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated. He has two prior strike convictions for robbery in 1978 and attempted residential burglary in 1986. Malone also has prior prison convictions for commercial burglaries in 1974 and 1976, receiving stolen property in 1984, commercial burglary in 1991, and possession of a controlled substance in 1998.
At approximately 6:00 p.m. on March 11, 2006, Malone was driving over 60 mph on Beach Boulevard in Stanton while impaired and under the influence of numerous drugs. At the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Village Center Drive, Malone crashed into the back of a Mercury sedan driven by Nicholas Russell. The victim was stopped at a left-turn red light waiting to turn into a parking lot. Malone crashed into Russell in his Ford sport utility vehicle at 61 miles per hour without slowing, hitting his brakes, or attempting to avoid the collision in any way.