The driver accused of causing a Colma crash that killed three passengers, including his girlfriend, will learn in September if he’ll stand trial on three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and hit-and-run.
Paul Michael Anthony Diaz, 25, has pleaded not guilty to the charges which includes the allegation of a prior misdemeanor drunk driving conviction. On Friday, Diaz was back in San Mateo County Superior Court to set a Sept. 26 preliminary hearing on the evidence which will either free him from custody or propel him toward a criminal trial.
Diaz fled the May 27 morning crash on Hillside Boulevard near the Cypress Lawn Funeral Home but surrendered to Daly City police about five hours later which left authorities having to pinpoint his blood alcohol level via a formula rather than direct test.
Prosecutors say Diaz was speeding in his Mustang on Hillside Boulevard at 90-plus mph when he crashed into the back of a Honda, pushing it into a cemetery while he lost control and smashed into a retaining wall. The Mustang split in two, ejecting and killing Ruvin Abel Vazquez, 22, Jonathan Jade Mouton, 21, and Rosa Maria Falla, 23, all of Daly City. Falla and Diaz were dating and prosecutors say Diaz approached her dead body after the crash before running away.
The Honda’s driver was not seriously injured. Along with his 2009 DUI conviction, Diaz’s criminal record includes robbery.
Diaz remains in custody on $1 million bail.