Might 4—Medication are suspected to have contributed to a deadly collision on Freeway 70 final week that resulted within the loss of life of a Marysville man.
At round 5 a.m. on Friday, Brian Allen, 64, was killed when a 1994 Honda Accord pushed by Edgar Allan Ernst, 38, of Rio Linda, crossed the middle divider and whereas touring within the flawed route, collided with Allen’s 2007 Kia Optima, in response to the California Freeway Patrol.
On the time of the collision north of Feather River Boulevard, Ernst was touring northbound on Freeway 70 and Allen was touring southbound. The velocity of each autos previous to the collision is unknown. The Honda got here to relaxation on its roof on the fitting shoulder of southbound Freeway 70. The Kia rested dealing with a southeasterly route on its wheels, blocking two lanes of site visitors. The collision triggered main harm to each autos.
Allen was killed within the collision as a consequence of a serious head harm. Ernst suffered a laceration to the chin and complained of again ache, in response to CHP.
Ernst was arrested and booked into Yuba County Jail on Friday.
The Yuba County District Lawyer’s Workplace charged Ernst with gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated, DUI inflicting harm, and misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license and possessing paraphernalia.
Ernst appeared in courtroom on Monday for an arraignment and John Abril from the general public defender’s workplace entered not responsible pleas on Ernst’s behalf. The DA’s workplace additionally charged Ernst with a previous strike for a housebreaking conviction in Placer County in 2005. The prior strike doubles his attainable sentence, which means he faces as much as 38 years in jail.
Cathrine Traynor with the Yuba County Probation Division stated Ernst was underneath the affect of methamphetamine whereas driving and was discovered with a meth pipe on the scene of the collision. She beneficial to the courtroom that Ernst not be launched on his personal recognizance.
Decide Benjamin Wirtschafter adopted that advice and denied Ernst’s launch. He stored bail at $250,000.
Ernst will subsequent seem in courtroom on June 2 at 9 a.m.