Alcohol detected on man’s breath more than 6 hours after fatal Route 178 crash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Alcohol was detected on a man’s breath more than six hours after he was allegedly involved in a fatal head-on collision on the 178 Freeway, according to a court filing.

Tipney Parnell Worthy Jr. showed signs of impaired driving during an interview at Kern Medical and has been placed under arrest, California Highway Patrol officer Christopher McCracken wrote. The record says Worthy admitted to drinking alcohol the night before.

Worthy, 27, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to manslaughter with an impaired vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing injury and driving in the wrong direction on a divided highway causing injury or death. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

According to the CHP, Worthy was driving west on Highway 178 in Onyx at 11:40 a.m. on January 29 when his car crossed the double yellow lines and pulled into the eastbound lane. He collided with a pickup truck, fatally injuring a woman sitting in the passenger seat of the truck.

Worthy and the van driver were taken to Kern Medical with minor to moderate injuries, officers said. McCracken wrote that he found marijuana residue on the driver’s floor of Worthy’s car.

The filing says Worthy voluntarily provided a breath sample at 6:01 p.m. “which showed the presence of ethyl alcohol.”

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