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Man pleads not guilty in fatal street race

first_img“The judge did set it at $500,000, however he allowed him to be out, I guess for whatever he needs to do,” Lopez said. He added that they wanted Paragas to be remanded into custody. Paragas showed up in court with family and friends. Pitman said Paragas and Ramirez were best friends. “This is a real tragedy. It’s just a real tragedy and (we) hope it all works out for everybody involved,” Pitman said. He declined comment on why the two young men were racing Oct. 7, as the California Highway Patrol alleges. The two were driving side-by- side southbound on Rosemead Boulevard reaching speeds of about 90 mph, according to the CHP. Both came upon a slower-moving car in the right lane and attempted to pass it. Ramirez pulled onto the right shoulder while Paragas used the left lane to bypass the slower vehicle. Ramirez lost control of his 2005 Mitsubishi Evo which went to the left, across all southbound lanes, bounced over the center divider and crashed head-on with a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta’s driver, Lucia Saavedra, 25, suffered abrasions and contusions to her face and arms. Her passengers were also injured. Margarita Ramos, 53, had a cut to the left eye and suffered from neck, back and chest pain; Evelin Saavedra, 23, had neck and back pain; and Francisco Saavedra, 53, had chest and abdomen pain. All are from La Puente. Paragas, who was driving a Pontiac GTO, was injured when he opened the rear door of Ramirez’s car, said CHP Officer Bill Preciado. He said the man cut his right hand as he pulled Ramirez out. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Paragas and four people suffered minor injuries in the collision, which happened in the unincorporated county area of El Monte near the border with Pico Rivera. Deputy District Attorney David Lopez said the District Attorney’s Office originally asked the bail to be set at $1.1 million, but Paragas’ attorney, William Pitman, talked to prosecutors who agreed to lower it to $500,000. On Monday, El Monte Superior Court Judge Steven Sanora set Paragas’ new bail at $500,000 but allowed him until his next court date of Dec. 5 to post the new bond. He remains free on the earlier bail of $75,000. Lopez objected. EL MONTE – A driver pleaded not guilty Monday to killing another motorist who crashed while both were street racing. Fitzgerald Paragas, 18, of El Monte has been charged with one count of murder with the special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury, one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, four counts of reckless driving causing a specified injury and one misdemeanor count of participating in a speed contest. The other charges are felonies. The case stems from the Oct. 7 crash on Rosemead Boulevard, north of Gallatin Road, that killed his friend, Brian Ramirez, 18, of Los Angeles. last_img read more

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