Alleged drunken driver to face murder charges after hit-and-run collision

Feb 2, 2016 3:01 PM by David McVicker

The man accused of killing a 10-year-old after he crashed into a vehicle while driving drunk will face murder charges in a Redding court room Tuesday.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s office formally charged the suspect Charles Canfield Jr., 26, with second degree murder charges after he allegedly collided with another vehicle resulting in the death of 10-year-old victim Marley Johnson. Canfield is also being charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with an enhancement because Canfield Jr. allegedly attempted to flee the scene after the collision.

Canfield Jr. is also facing felony drunken driving with a prior DUI, with an enhancement for causing great bodily harm, having a high blood alcohol content and causing injury to more than one victim. Finally, the suspect will face felony hit and run, with an enhancement for causing great bodily harm.

Canfield Jr. is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Redding Courthouse.


A 10-year-old is dead and one man is behind bars after allegedly causing two DUI accidents in Redding.

Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 26-year-old Charles Canfield was driving a 1995 dodge pickup truck on Hartnell Avenue near Churn Creek Road when he crashed into a taxi cab and fled the scene.

The taxi cab driver is okay.

Later, Canfield approached the intersection of Northwoods Way, ran a red light and crashed into a 2001 Mistubishi Coupe, killing a 10-year-old passenger.

Canfield then fled that crash on foot.

Authorities found and arrested Canfield for murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run causing injury.

He was then booked into the Shasta County Jail.


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