SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (BCN)– An 18-year-old man made his initial appearance in court Monday to face vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges for an alleged drunk driving crash that killed a passenger in his vehicle in South San Francisco on Saturday night, prosecutors said. Angel DeJesus Castro, a South San Francisco resident, did not enter a plea to the multiple felony charges and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 21.
He remains in custody on $250,000 bail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The crash was reported around 11:40 p.m. Saturday on South Linden Avenue, where Castro allegedly lost control of his vehicle, sideswiped a telephone pole, continued driving and then struck another telephone pole, prosecutors said.
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A passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Salvador Guillen Avila, was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash. Investigators found a half-empty bottle of tequila and empty beer cans, as well as a vape pen and marijuana in the vehicle, and Castro was allegedly driving without a driver’s license, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
A GoFundMe account created at here to help Avila’s family had gathered more than $12,000 in donations as of Tuesday morning. The fundraiser created by a family member described him as “one of the greatest and kindest souls. He kept to himself and had so much ahead of him.”
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