Milton Willis faces charges in DUI Death

A renowned big-wave surfer who was allegedly speeding and drunk when he crashed a car in Del Mar last year, killing his 24-year-old passenger, now faces criminal charges, according to a published report.

Milton Willis was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI, authorities said Monday.

Killed in the June 6 crash was Bradley Dillahunty of Laguna Niguel.

Willis, a longtime Solana Beach resident in his early 50s, was driving a Toyota sedan on Coast Boulevard in Del Mar about 1:40 a.m. when the fatal crash occurred, according to the sheriff's department.

Willis and his brother became names in the surfing community in the '70s when they began surfing big waves in Hawaii.

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