Stockton Record — Police arrested a man on suspicion of murder, vehicular manslaughter and other
crimes Thursday, a month after a collision authorities said he caused killed a member of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Police allege Matthew Luke, 25, was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred about 6 a.m. Oct. 7 in a rural part of southwest Stockton.
Luke was traveling west on East Mariposa Road near Austin Road when he drove his 1998 Honda Accord into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane, causing a collision involving two cars, a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle, authorities said.
The motorcycle rider was Anthony Gentile, 41, a Corrections Department lieutenant who was working at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police determined that Luke had a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 percent three hours after the collision occurred, said Officer Joe Silva, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department. Luke had two prior convictions for driving under the influence, according to jail records, and was on probation at the time of the crash, police said.
Luke was arrested on suspicion of murder, driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, infliction of great bodily injury and causing injury to multiple victims, jail records showed. He is being held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail.