Who was David Pelosi? Paul Pelosi was driving car that killed brother 65 years ago
Paul Pelosi was behind the wheel during a severe car crash that led to his older brother's death 65 years before his drunk driving arrest
Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi was 16 years old when he had a car crash that resulted in his older brother David John Pelosi's death. Reportedly, Pelosi picked up his older brother David, who was 19 then, to go for a "joy ride" but got him killed.
David, 19, was wearing a neck brace due to an earlier injury he got from swimming in shallow water, according to a 1957 news report from the San Fransisco Examiner, which reported on the fatal crash. The article had photographs of both David and Paul from 1957 appearing young. At around 12.30 am Paul picked up David from a friend's house in February of 1957. He was driving a sports car.
According to the report, David was "trapped under the light car driven by his brother (Paul) when it flipped over the Skyline Highway a mile north of Crystal Springs Dam at 2:40 am. He was dead on arrival at Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo." Paul was also trapped inside the flipped car but managed to free himself out of the car and get aid. However, he suffered a broken collarbone.
As Paul came up to a tight curve near the Crystal Springs Dam on the Skyline Highway, he lost control of the car while trying to shift gears to slow down. As reported in the article, Thomas Ganley, a Highway Patrolman stated that David warned his younger brother Paul about the tight curve near the dam: "This is a bad stretch--better slow down", he said. But, Paul lost control."
Paul was cited for misdemeanor manslaughter but was exonerated by a coroner's jury. And, the jury also recommended that signs warning of sharp curves be placed on that road.
On Saturday, May 28, Paul, now 82, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Paul was arrested at 11:44 p.m PT Saturday and booked at 4 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanors for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher according to the Napa County Criminal Justice Network's records. The California Highway Patrol said Paul Pelosi was allegedly driving his 2021 Porsche attempting to cross State Route 29 when he collided with Jesus Lopez's Jeep.
Paul's bail was set at $5,000 and he was released on Sunday morning. During the night of his arrest, Nancy Pelosi was not in California. She was in Providence, Rhode Island, where she received an honorary degree from Brown University and delivered the commencement address to the graduating class. No statements have been given from the Pelosi family about the arrest as of now.