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Rancho Santa Margarita Man Killed, Another Charged With DUI, Manslaughter

Tyler Sprout was killed in an Independence Day crash in the desert. Joseph Melton has been charged.

Although there were no traffic deaths in Orange County over the long Independence Day weekend, a Rancho Santa Margarita man was killed and another was charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter in a fatal car accident in Riverside County.

Tyler Sprout died from injuries suffered July 4 when he was thrown from a jeep that rolled down an embankment. He was 32.

The vehicle was being driven by Joseph Melton about 8:30 p.m.

According to the Palo Verde Valley Times, Melton, 32, was driving a 1976 Jeep on an off-highway dirt trail in the vicinity of US-95 near mile marker 30. He attempted to access the highway by driving up a dirt hill, but the car lost traction and rolled down the embankment.

The newspaper said Sprout was not wearing a seat belt, unlike Melton who sustained only minor injuries and was arrested at the crash site and booked into the Riverside County Sheriff's Jail on felony charges of driving under the influence and manslaughter.

thomas July 11, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Tyler we will never forget you, you are my good friend you were like a brother to me, I will always have a special place in my heart not one 4th OF JULY will ever be the same I LOVE YOU MAN TOMMY :(
Kristen Landon August 05, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Tyler my Brother if i could only tell you that I LOVE YOU one more time i would . My heart aches in so many ways, Jessica lost her one true love you showed her the meaning of life, love and respect. I pray that you are resting in peace and will cherish every memory that i have left of you. I love you my Brother.
Jack December 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
What ever happened to the guy that did this to him?

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