A chilling incident unfolded on Byron Highway last month, as tragedy struck when a Tracy man allegedly caused a fatal car wreck after consuming a staggering number of alcoholic drinks. Now, court records reveal that Andre Avaloz, 36, has been charged with the murder of his wife, 38-year-old Anna Avaloz. The charges, which include gross vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, were filed just days after the devastating crash, and Andre Avaloz is scheduled to appear before Judge Patricia Scanlon later this month.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the ill-fated evening began to unravel when Avaloz lost control of his speeding Chevrolet Suburban, hurtling at a mind-boggling 85 mph. The vehicle careened into a treacherous drainage ditch near Clifton Court, leaving Andre injured while tragically claiming the life of his beloved wife. As law enforcement officers arrived at the scene mere minutes after the crash, Avaloz reportedly divulged chilling details about that fateful night.
Allegedly, Andre Avaloz disclosed to the officers that he and his wife had spent their evening at the Wild Idol Bar in Byron, where he recklessly indulged in not five or six but a staggering twelve shots of vodka and beers. He claimed that their night out came to a nightmarish end after an altercation erupted with someone else at the bar. Escape was on his mind as he raced to elude imaginary pursuers, leading to the highly destructive crash on the highway.
Andre Avaloz, who had previously acquired two drunk driving convictions back in 2011, was swiftly taken into custody after being treated at a nearby hospital. Though initially facing charges of manslaughter and drunk driving, the situation took a grave turn when investigators discovered his prior convictions. Subsequently, prosecutors decided to elevate the charges to murder, reflecting the magnitude of his actions.
In a touching tribute to Anna Avaloz, a GoFundMe page created by a family member paints a vivid picture of a devoted and nurturing mother to their seven children. It describes Anna as a powerhouse, shouldering her duties with unparalleled determination. Managing a full-time job, she also ensured that her youngsters never missed a school day or extracurricular activity while still managing to take them on exciting adventures during her free time.
This heart-wrenching incident serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of drunken recklessness. As the legal proceedings against Andre Avaloz unfold, the community mourns the loss of a loving mother and grapples with the tragic events that unfolded on that fateful night on Byron Highway.