Man could face murder charge after battery strikes motorist

SAN BERNARDINO -- A man could face a murder charge for an incident in which his SUV's battery flew out during a freeway crash and killed a man driving in the other direction, authorities said.

The crash occurred Tuesday while Kevin Harville, 35, was ramming and sideswiping his girlfriend's truck in the midst of a fight, California Highway Patrol Officer Joe Ramos said.

Harville's SUV rolled over a freeway guardrail.

He was treated for a broken leg and wrist and booked into a hospital jail ward for investigation of homicide, officials said.

"To ram your car into someone else's on the freeway, at a speed of more than 45 mph," Supervising Deputy District Attorney Vic Stull said, "... a reasonable person had to understand that what he's doing endangers life."

The name of the victim, a 30-year-old Riverside man, was withheld pending family notification.

The 32-year-old girlfriend was not injured, officials said.