The Colusa man accused of killing his 10-year-old son in a DUI crash in April is now facing additional charges, special allegations, and sentencing enhancements that could send him to prison the rest of his life, if convicted.
Tony Daniel Kesterson, 29, was arraigned in Sutter County Superior Court on July 15 on the additional charges and pleaded not guilty to felony murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing death or injury, willful harm to a child likely to produce great bodily injury or death, DUI, and driving on a suspended license.
He also denied two special allegations of causing great bodily injury, two special allegations of driving with a blood alcohol of .15, and a special allegation of DUI while speeding.
Altogether, Kesterson is facing 12 charges, including felony murder, stemming from the April 19 collision on Highway 20, just east of South Tarke Road, in Sutter County, which killed Nathan Kesterson, of Colusa.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Kesterson was allegedly traveling about 50 mph when he drove over the westbound lane and hit the wall directly in the path of an oncoming pick-up, driven by Tarjinder Singh, 59, of Sacramento.
Although Singh applied his brakes, he was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting Kesterson’s vehicle, the CHP said.
The front of Singh’s 2014 Toyota Tacoma reportedly hit head on into the rear of the Kesterson’s Ford Fusion, causing major damage to both vehicles. Singh was not injured, the CHP said. Kesterson was treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Nathan, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
A Sutter County Superior Court judge has referred the case out to Oct. 28 to allow for possible plea resolution or resetting of a preliminary hearing.■