Freeway 17 deadly drunk driving suspect seems in court docket

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — The girl accused of inflicting a lethal wrong-way crash on Freeway 17 over Mom Day’s weekend made her first court docket look Wednesday.

The collision killed Armando Canales, a 17-year-old Fremont boy who had desires of turning into a firefighter.

“I am by no means going to have the ability to get that likelihood to have the ability to hug him, kiss him, say I really like him, nothing,” stated Canales’ brother, Jose Cacilhas, exterior the Santa Clara County Corridor of Justice following the suspect’s arraignment.

Prosecutors say Ashley Marie Oliver was returning to San Jose from Santa Cruz after an evening of consuming.

Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out how lengthy she had been driving the improper method on the freeway early Saturday morning, when she crashed right into a automobile carrying Canales and 4 of his pals. They survived the collision, however suffered main accidents.

“I am fully damaged, he was my every thing, and it is taken in a method, not solely from me, from his pals, his household, everyone, it is simply not me,” stated Canales’ mom, Tina Cacilhas, who recalled the final phrases she heard from her son, simply hours earlier than the crash.

“Each day that he left the home, he would say, ‘Mama, I really like you,’ and I am grateful for that.”

Oliver was introduced by way of wheelchair into court docket. The 28-year-old San Jose resident confirmed little emotion as a public defender spoke on her behalf. Oliver’s bail was set at $450,000.

“That is each mom’s worst nightmare,” stated Deputy District Lawyer Heather Melton. “There’s completely nothing we will do to carry her son again to her, however the DA’s workplace will work tirelessly to carry justice to her, her household, and the group.”

Oliver has been charged with a number of counts, together with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. She is predicted to return to court docket on Might 23.

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