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Driver accused of causing triple fatal DUI heads to trial
November 15, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Paul Diaz

The driver accused of causing a Colma crash that killed three passengers, including his girlfriend, earlier this year will stand trial on three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and hit-and-run.

Paul Michael Anthony Diaz, 25, is also alleged to have a prior misdemeanor drunk driving conviction. He previously pleaded not guilty but was held to answer on all charges after a preliminary hearing finished Thursday. He returns to court Dec. 3 to potentially set a jury trial date. Prosecutors are also still weighing whether to increase the charges to murder and must decide by then.

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. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

 

 

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