Corrales' blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit

6/12/2007 - Boxing

LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Diego "Chico" Corrales was driving
drunk at more than three times the legal limit when he crashed his
motorcycle and died, police said Tuesday.

"It's quite possible that had he not been impaired, he could
have prevented his accident," Las Vegas police Sgt. Tracy McDonald
said after toxicology tests showed Corrales' blood-alcohol content
was 0.25 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Nevada is 0.08

"Bottom line, no one else did anything wrong," McDonald said
of an investigation that found speed was a factor and no drugs were
in Corrales' system when he died May 7 at age 29. "He basically
killed himself."

Corrales had a history of drunken driving and was riding without
a valid license, court officials and the state Department of Motor
Vehicles have said.

Pat Lamparelli, a Corrales family friend, said Tuesday he was
not surprised to learn that Corrales had been drinking before he
crashed his 2007 Suzuki while trying to pass another vehicle on a
busy residential street about seven miles west of the Las Vegas

"We did know he did drink," Lamparelli said, speaking for
Corrales' pregnant wife, Michelle Corrales. "That's what he used
to do. That's public knowledge as far as his DUIs and things like
that. Unfortunately, that was one of his demons."

Those close to him also knew Corrales as intelligent,
charismatic and a risk-taker who never turned down an autograph and
liked high-risk sports like scuba diving and snowboarding.

Michelle Corrales is pregnant and due to deliver the
couple's fourth child next month, a son to be named Diego Jr.,
Lamparelli said. The couple had been trying to reconcile after
separating earlier this year.

Lamparelli said family members did not know where Corrales had
been before the crash. He was wearing a helmet, but died of head
injuries, the Clark County coroner said. The cause of death was
ruled an accident.

The coroner tested for 25 drugs and found no legal or illegal
substances in Corrales' system, McDonald said, adding that while
investigators did not complete calculations of how fast he was
riding it was clear Corrales was "well above" the posted speed
limit of 35 mph when he crashed.

The Nevada DMV has said Corrales' vehicle and motorcycle
licenses were revoked in July 2006 for a drunken driving conviction
on an October 2005 arrest.

He faced arrest stemming from a failure to appear in January in
a Las Vegas court on a March 2006 DUI arrest, the Clark County
district attorney's office said. Charges in that case also included
speeding and evading a police officer.

Corrales fought most of his career at 130 pounds, winning
lightweight and featherweight titles while compiling a record of 40
wins and five losses, with 33 knockouts.

The crash occurred two years to the day after his most memorable
fight, a bout against Jose Luis Castillo in Las Vegas that the
Boxing Writers Association of America and numerous boxing
publications called the fight of the year.