The Stanford University graduate student who collided into a taxi, killing a passenger and injuring others, while allegedly intoxicated and driving the wrong way on Highway 101 in South San Francisco is free from custody while prosecutors weigh potential charges.
Zachary Katz, 24, posted $250,000 bail Thursday afternoon about two hours after being released from the hospital where he was treated for his own injuries and being booked into the county jail by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence and DUI with a blood alcohol content greater than .15. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 12 and prosecutors will review the case for charging prior to that date, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Katz was arrested early Oct. 5 after allegedly driving his Infiniti the wrong way onto southbound Highway 101 near Sierra Point Parkway and crashing into an SUV cab traveling south just before 4 a.m.
The impact pushed the taxi across several lanes of traffic before being hit by a Mazda.
The driver of the Mazda was not hurt but taxi passenger Pedro Soldevila, 62, of Puerto Rico, was ejected and died at the scene. The taxi driver, Azmach Ejersa, 31, of Emeryville, and a second passenger were hospitalized with serious injuries.
The two passengers were not wearing seat belts.
Katz was also hospitalized until his Thursday release.