LANCASTER – A 19-year-old Palmdale motorist has been charged with four felony counts in connection with a head-on collision on Oct. 19 that left one motorcyclist dead and three others seriously injured.
Jose Gutierrez is charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and three counts of reckless driving causing specified injury, according to Shiara Dávila-Morales of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The teen was scheduled to be arraigned in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday. However, Gutierrez did not enter a plea, and the arraignment was postponed until November 19.
The charges stem from a head-on collision on Elizabeth Lake Road Saturday afternoon that killed 58-year-old Oxnard resident Peter Volden and critically injured three others.
Gutierrez was driving a 2001 Infiniti G20 eastbound on the winding two-lane road when he lost control of his car, veered into the oncoming lane, and crashed into three westbound motorcycles, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Volden was thrown from his 2006 Yamaha XV 1900 and pronounced dead at the scene. Patty McBee, 55, and Richard McBee, 60, both of Moorpark, were ejected from a 2012 Harley-Davidson and hospitalized with major injuries. And Westlake resident Danny Rincon, 41, was thrown from a 2012 Yamaha and suffered major injuries, according to the CHP report.
Gutierrez was arrested at the scene and later jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. If convicted as charged, Gutierrez faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
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UPDATED 11/19/13: Jose Gutierrez pleaded not guilty to the charges today in an Antelope Valley courtroom. A preliminary hearing on the case is set for Dec. 4, 2013. After the hearing, a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
UPDATED 12/4/13: Palmdale teen ordered to trial in fatal motorcycle crash