FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man who faces a felony vehicular manslaughter charge for a fatal Jan. 31 crash pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Damarea D. Williams-Evans, 20, also faces charges of hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.
California Highway Patrol officers reported that Williams-Evans was speeding in his Mitsubishi Gallant on westbound Interstate 80 around 6:20 a.m. when he rear-ended a Mazda. Williams-Evans pulled over to the shoulder a few minutes later, checked the damage to his car, got back into his car and started to drive off. As he re-entered the freeway, authorities said his Mitsubishi was struck by an old Nissan pickup being driven by a 77-year-old Sacramento man. The pickup careened into a fence and a ditch and the elderly driver died a short time later.
Williams-Evans allegedly drove on toward Vacaville until his car broke down on the side of the freeway and he abandoned it.
Williams-Evans was ordered to return to court Feb. 18 for a probable cause hearing.
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