Sentencing Delayed for Drunk Driver

Burlingame man found guilty of second degree murder in deadly El Camino Real collision.

A Burlingame man whose drunk driving landed him a second degree murder conviction faces a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Robert Foiles on Friday agreed to postpone sentencing to Jan. 27.

Police say Bruce Alan Walker Jr., a 36-year-old Burlingame Energizer salesman, was driving his Infiniti Southbound on El Camino Real near Howard Avenue at a high rate of speed shortly before 10 p.m. in April of 2009 when he struck the West curb, ricocheted, and spun counter clockwise across all four lanes of traffic. He struck the East curb of the Northbound lanes, jumped the curb and slammed into a tree on the passenger side of the car, killing passenger Daniel White, also 36.

The car flipped onto its roof before stopping in the roadway.

Walker sustained fractured ribs and lacerations. Police say he exuded a heavy alcoholic odor and was slurring his speech at the scene.

He had prior misdemeanor drunk driving convictions in 1997 and in 2001.

On the third day of jury deliberations, the jury in October returned a guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge. Walker remains in custody on $2 million bail.


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