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San Jose DUI Driver Fatally Strikes Local Street Vendor

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Locally known street vendor Francisco Juarez was fatally struck by a DUI driver, this past weekend. Twenty-five year old Marco Chamale was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence and manslaughter charges for causing the accident that resulted in the untimely and tragic death of forty-year old Juarez. Juarez was selling fruit with his wife, who was also struck by Chamale, at the corner of South White and Mt. Vista in East San Jose.

A DUI that leads to a death of someone is typically charged as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. California Penal Code section 191.5 governs this crime and calls for a punishment of four to ten years in California State Prison. (See Penal Code section 191.5(a).)

In this case, the Mercury News reports that the defendant rear ended another vehicle, then jumped a curb hitting both Francisco and his wife. The car continued on and slammed into a third vehicle, in what appears to be an attempt to escape. Chamale was arrested at the scene and remains in custody with bail set at $250,000. There are no reports of his blood-alcohol level or BAC. A street-side memorial has been set-up by family and friends of Francisco marking the spot where the accident took place.

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