Javier Burillo, a member of one of Mexico’s wealthiest families has been arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son died on a family boating trip in the San Francisco Bay.
Burillo, 58, was arrested Sunday at his multimillion-dollar home in the bay front community of Belvedere on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child and operating a boat while under the influence, Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin said.
He was driving the boat with his two sons, aged 11 and 27, aboard on Sunday. Both boys fell off the boat in open waters near Angel Island, north of San Francisco. Investigators believe the boys were thrown overboard when the boat hit a wave, said Police Chief Mike Cronin.
Burillo allegedly failed a sobriety test at the scene which indicated that he was ‘drunk’. He said Burillo helped bring the two back aboard and transported them to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, where the 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead.
Property records show Burillo’s full name is Javier Burillo Azcarraga, a wealthy property developer known for lavish hotels and restaurants throughout Mexico.