Past vehicular tragedy involving Nancy Pelosi’s husband emerges in wake of DUI arrest

Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence following a collision in Napa Valley, and though alcohol may well have played a role in that incident, another vehicular tragedy in the congressional spouse’s past that was attributed to other causes has since come to light, as the New York Post reports.

According to the outlet, more than 65 years prior to this weekend’s trouble, Pelosi, 82, was at the wheel during an accident that left his then-19-year-old brother dead.

Paul Pelosi, then-16 years of age, was driving near San Mateo, California in February of 1957 when he lost control of his vehicle, and according to San Francisco Examiner report from the time, his sibling was killed, likely of strangulation by a neck brace he was wearing as a result of a prior injury.

According to Highway Patrolman Thomas Ganley, young Paul Pelosi revealed that his brother suggested that he needed to reduce his speed just prior to the tragedy, saying, “This is a bad stretch – better slow down,” but subsequent efforts to do so were unsuccessful in preventing what ultimately occurred.

“The car veered across the road, bounced back from a small embankment, climbed 20 feet up another, spun around and somersaulted simultaneously and ended upside down on the shoulder with both youths underneath,” the Examiner report revealed.

Though police indicated that Pelosi was to be cited for misdemeanor manslaughter, the matter never went to court, and the future husband of the House speaker was cleared by a coroner’s jury in the end.

Fast forward to the family’s current difficulties, and it was disclosed by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that Paul Pelosi was driving a 2021 Porsche when he was struck by a Jeep while trying to cross State Route 29 in Napa Valley, reportedly en route home from a dinner party he attended while his wife was away in Rhode Island, as The Hill noted.

Pelosi was ultimately arrested and booked into jail on charges of driving under the influence and for driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, with bail set at $5,000.

Given that the charges against Mr. Pelosi are both misdemeanors, that there appears – at least thus far – to be no history of prior offenses in this category, and that the defendant and his wife are among California’s wealthy and powerful elite, it seems unlikely that the speaker’s husband needs to fear any particularly dire legal fallout from his weekend conduct.