An exclusive report from Daily Mail has discovered that drinking and driving enthusiast Paul Pelosi — who was recently arrested for drunk driving — killed his teen brother in an early-morning car accident 65 years ago.
Pelosi, 16, flipped his sports car and killed his brother in February of 1957 in Northern California.
Paul, a high school sophomore, was cited for a misdemeanor manslaughter charge, though there was no court case and he was later exonerated by a coroner’s jury.
His now-deceased brother, David Pelosi, 19, had asked Pelosi to drive slower prior to the accident, according to a patrolman who was quoted in the San Francisco Examiner.
According to the outlet” “Pelosi… was trapped under the light car driven by his brother when it flipped over on Skyline Highway a mile north of Crystal Springs Dam at 2:40.”
‘This is a bad stretch – better slow down,’ he reportedly told his brother.
Pail told Patrolman Thomas Ganley that he had tried to slow down by shifting gears, but that he lost control of the vehicle.
‘The car veered across the road, bounced back from a small embankment, climbed 20 feet up another, spun around and somersaulted simultaneously and ended upside down on the shoulder with both youths underneath,’ reported the Examiner. The older Pelosi likely died from strangulation caused by a neckbrace he was wearing from a previous incident where he dove into shallow water near Lake Tahoe.
‘They jacked up the car to relieve the pressure but the youth apparently was already dead,’ the Times reported.
Paul suffered a broken collarbone from the crash and was trapped in the vehicle before being able to free himself and call for help.
He would meet his future wife, Nancy D’Alesandro, six years later.
In a statement released on Monday, Paul Pelosi’s lawyer said: “Mr. Pelosi was attending a dinner party at the home of friends near Oakville. He left that party at 10:15pm Saturday, to drive to his home a short distance away. He was alone in his car.
“Mr. Pelosi was fully cooperative with California Highway Patrol officers who arrived a few minutes later.'””