Michael Corvino DUI at time of accident, according to CHP

In a sad footnote to an untimely death, a CHP investigation has revealed that Michael Corvino, president of JanSport backpack company, was drunk when he crashed his car July 14 in Danville, Calif., killing himself and injuring his 16-year-old daughter and a teenage boy.
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In a sad footnote to an untimely death, a CHP investigation has revealed that Michael Corvino, president of JanSport backpack company, was drunk when he crashed his car July 14 in Danville, Calif., killing himself and injuring his 16-year-old daughter and a teenage boy.

Toxicology tests show that Corvino's blood-alcohol level was 0.21 percent, almost three times the California legal limit of 0.08 percent, when he lost control of his 1970 Dodge Charger and struck a tree near his Danville home at 5:30 p.m.

The report also found that none of the three people in the car was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

SNEWS® View: Hearing this broke our hearts even more. Tragedy compounded by an unthinking act from a man we would never have expected such behavior from. This was not the Michael Corvino we knew, and we can only assume he made a one-time mistake for which he paid the ultimate price. It is fortunate that his daughter and another teenager were not made additional victims as a result. We can only pray and hope that we all learn from Vino's error. Sometimes, even one mistake is one too many. Please -- NEVER drink and drive.

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