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DA weighs charges against driver in triple fatal crash
May 29, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

The District Attorney’s Office is currently weighing charges against the Daly City man accused of causing the Monday morning crash outside a Colma cemetery that killed his three passengers before he fled the scene.

Paul Michael-Anthony Diaz, 25, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter involving drugs or alcohol, drunk driving causing injury and hit-and-run after he surrendered to Daly City police roughly five hours after the crash. If he is formally charged on those counts, or possibly others, Diaz will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon for arraignment.

He remains in custody on $750,000 and authorities are not releasing his mug shot because identification remains an issue.

Police have also released few details of what exactly happened in the incident that split a Ford Mustang in two near the Cypress Lawn Funeral Home and sent a second car into the cemetery. The green Mustang, reportedly driven by Diaz, hit the second car, a green Honda, according to police.

Three mustang passengers died and Diaz allegedly fled on foot while the Honda’s occupant was not seriously injured.

The victims were identified as Ruvin Abel Vazquez, 22, Jonathan Jade Mouton, 21, and Rosa Maria Falla, 23, all of Daly City. Diaz was reportedly in a relationship with victim Falla.

The crash, which happened just before 8 a.m., closed Hillsdale Boulevard for hours between Serramonte and Lawndale boulevards.

Diaz has a criminal record, including a stint in prison and a 2009 conviction for misdemeanor DUI.

Tests of his blood alcohol level have not yet been returned but will play a role in what charges are formally lodged, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Prosecutors must also prove Diaz was the driver.

Prosecutors may also have another potential vehicular manslaughter case on its hands from the Memorial Day weekend.

Raul Padilla, the 43-year-old driver and husband of a burlesque dancer who died in a crash with a party bus on Highway 101 in Burlingame early Sunday morning is in critical condition at Stanford Hospital but could face charges if he recovers. Along with the death of Sara Klein, 36, nine people aboard the bus were also injured when it slammed into Padilla’s car which had first crashed into the center divider and came to a stop facing oncoming traffic. Padilla was wearing a seatbelt but his wife was not.

Investigators said the couple had imbibed prior to the crash but are still awaiting word on whether Padilla was under the influence.



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