AUBURN, Maine (CBS) — Thirty-seven-year-old Nghia Huynh appeared in court Monday charged in a car crash that killed his own son Kobe.
“I just lost my 14-year-old son,” said Huynh to a judge as he argued to have his bail reduced.
Huynh is accused of driving drunk on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack, New Hampshire Friday night.
Investigators say he lost control of his car and the vehicle hit the median then landed on its roof.
Another car struck the passenger side of Huynh’s car.
Kobe was sitting in the passenger seat.
“He (was) supposed to pick his son up and bring his son to my house for the weekend but he didn’t make (it) home,” said Rosie Le, Nghia’s fiancée.
Le and Nghia run Modern Nails & Spa in Merrimack.
“I didn’t know he drank that night,” said Le. “He was at work with me before the accident and he’s OK. He didn’t seem like he had alcohol in him.”
Le says Kobe, who lived in Maine, had several medical issues including liver cancer.
Earlier this month he was made an honorary team member of the Bates College baseball team and he was supposed to take part in team activities this season.
Kobe was terminally ill according to the team.
Nghia is charged with negligent homicide and aggravate drunk driving.
He is being held on $50,000 bail.
One of the other drivers involved in the car accident suffered an eye injury. The third driver was not hurt.
Court documents show that police could smell alcohol coming from Huynh’s car. It is unclear where he had been drinking and how much he had consumed.
Huynh, who lives in Nashua, was treated in intensive care before he was arrested.
His eyes appeared swollen in court.
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