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Horrific DUI Crash In South San Francisco Leaves Two People Dead

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – According to authorities, a teenage driver is behind bars for causing a horrific crash in South San Francisco Friday night that left two young people dead.

19-year-old Joshua Maldonado of Brisbane was driving the Honda Civic while intoxicated when the incident took place. He was not seriously injured in the crash.

The two victims were identified as 21-year-old Gabe Maldonado, who was the driver’s brother. The other victim was an 18-year-old girl from San Francisco. She was the first victim’s girlfriend. According to police reports, the vehicle was driving at a speed of 90 miles per hour when the vehicle first hit a Mazda trying to turn left on Pine Avenue before Joshua Maldonado drove the car into two trees on the side of the road. The incident took place on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco just before midnight on Friday. As a result of the impact, the car was split in half.

Joshua Maldonado sustained some non-serious injuries in the crash.

Friends of both victims gathered at the crash site Saturday night to honor those who had departed. Natzayelly Marin, a friend of the 18-year-old woman who was killed in the crash said, “She was so young and had so much potential. She was a great person. I’m in shock that it happened. They were just too young, she had so much going for her.”

The driver is being held in the San Mateo County jail without bail. He was booked on several charges including reckless driving, DUI, and second-degree murder.

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.

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