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Investigator recommends manslaughter charge in summer’s Soledad Canyon Road crash

Brother of driver was killed; speeding suspected

Posted: October 8, 2012 5:54 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2012 5:54 p.m.
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An investigator has recommended a misdemeanor manslaughter charge be filed against the driver of a car that slammed into center divider trees in Canyon Country last summer, killing the driver’s brother.

Deputy Jeff Maag, a traffic investigator for Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, said Monday he submitted paperwork to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office recommending Anthony Hernandez, 24, be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter.

“This is the Castillo case, and the paperwork has been filed with the D.A.,” Maag said. “It’s a charge of misdemeanor manslaughter on the driver,” he said.

Killed in the crash was Luis Castillo Jr., Hernandez’s 20-year-old brother, who was a passenger in the car.

The District Attorney’s Office is expected to weigh the merits of Maag’s recommendation and make a decision on whether to file the charge. The D.A.’s office was closed Monday and could not be reached for comment.

Hernandez was seriously injured in the early morning crash July 10 when the white compact car he was driving left the roadway and struck a raised center median on Soledad just west of Camp Plenty Road. The car mowed down some trees in the center divider and came to rest pinned against one of them.

Investigators at the time said speeding was a factor in the crash.

For more than two weeks, Hernandez remained in a coma at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

More than $1,000 was raised at an event in July held to support Castillo’s family.





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