PITTSBURG — An grownup and a toddler have been killed and 5 different folks — together with kids of ages 1, 4 and 10 — have been critically injured in a crash Monday night that led to a driver’s arrest on suspicion of driving whereas impaired and manslaughter.
The 25-year-old driver arrested — recognized as Christian Vargas — was on probation for a earlier conviction of driving beneath the affect, authorities mentioned.
Police mentioned Vargas was unhurt; investigators mentioned he confirmed indicators of impairment when he spoke to officers. He was arrested and booked into Martinez county jail on suspicion of felony gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated, felony driving beneath the affect leading to bodily harm, and probation violation.
The crash occurred at about 6 p.m. on West Leland Street, east of John Henry Johnson Parkway. Investigators mentioned a Toyota Corolla and a Chevrolet Camaro pushed by Vargas have been each in eastbound lanes when the Camaro, touring at excessive pace, rear-ended the Corolla.
The Corolla’s driver misplaced management and struck a number of bushes, authorities mentioned. The motive force of the Corolla was pronounced lifeless on the scene; a passenger suffered main accidents. Three kids have been ejected from the Corolla’s again seat: A 1-year-old who was in a automotive seat, in addition to a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old.
The 7-year-old was taken to UCSF Benioff Kids’s Hospital Oakland, the place she was pronounced lifeless. The 2 different kids ejected from the Corolla have been hospitalized with critical accidents, together with two passengers from the Camaro, together with a 10-year-old little one.
An Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace coroner’s bureau employees member on Tuesday recognized the 7-year-old killed as Sela Mataele. Authorities had not launched the identification of the motive force killed by Tuesday afternoon.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.