Truck driver pleads not guilty to fatal hit-and-run

Posted On Dec 28 2019 by

first_imgVALENCIA – A Salinas man accused of leaving the scene of a Thanksgiving Day crash that killed a Bell Gardens father and son near Gorman pleaded not guilty Friday to two felonies. Javier Barajas Zavala, 41, was charged with hit-and-run driving and manslaughter when he turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol’s Newhall office on Dec. 5. His surrender came nearly two weeks after his 1999 Peterbilt big-rig allegedly rear-ended a stalled pickup truck in the northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway. In the truck were Jose Palomino and his 15-year-old son, Julio, who were both killed. Zavala is reported to have left the scene, continuing north to state Route 138, where his truck caught fire at Lancaster Road. A short time earlier, a caller reported the truck stolen, but investigators now believe it was Zavala. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in state prison. Zavala, who has no prior criminal record, is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing set on Feb. 24. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected]last_img read more