After a suspected drunken driver slammed his sedan into their classic Mustang, igniting an explosion, a restaurant owner and his 13-year-old son were killed in a fiery crash Tuesday night.
A coroner’s investigation is still ongoing, but friends revealed on social media that Andrea Bullo, 60, and his 13-year-old son Marco were killed in the crash.
Kevin Gonzales, 21, was arrested at the scene on double murder charges, according to police. His car was totaled, but he appeared to have escaped mostly unharmed in video taken shortly after the accident.
The trendy Moonshadows Malibu restaurant, which he opened with two friends in 2001, will be closed on Thursday due to an emergency, the restaurant announced on Facebook.
When Gonzales rear-ended the Bullos on Mulholland Drive, both cars were thrown through the intersection and caught on fire. An LAPD spokeswoman confirmed Gonzales was speeding eastbound on Mulholland Drive at the time of the collision.
A witness at the scene, Darryl Mattewakang, told reporters that he and friends were on their way home after a basketball game when they heard a loud explosion.
“As we got closer, we saw two cars in an accident and on fire in the intersection,” he said.
As they arrived, Bullo’s car was completely engulfed in flames and a 911 call was made.
Mattewakang added, “It’s sad to see this happening. My prayers go out to those who lost their lives.”
A second witness declined to speak about the incident, saying it was so traumatic she was seeking counseling.
According to his website, Bullo was originally from Venice, Italy. He decided to strike out on his own in the U.S.
A Travel Channel article once described Moonsahdows as “the sexiest beach bar and restaurant in the world.”
Celebrities such as Dennis Hopper, Charlize Theron, and Kim Kardashian have all been spotted there.
In the early morning hours of the following morning, Gonzales was arrested on two murder charges and booked into jail. He is being held on $4 million bail.
A video shows him being administered a field sobriety test by an officer by the side of the road while wearing socks, a long-sleeved shirt, shorts, and something on his left forearm. He eventually gets into an ambulance.
The results of the DUI investigation were not immediately available, but police said additional charges could be filed.