The Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace has added homicide to the numerous prices confronted by Alexander Zumini, who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase earlier than slamming right into a minivan. The crash killed the minivan’s driver, 43 12 months previous Juan Salido, and put its passenger within the hospital.
“He actually acted with fully disregard for the lives of
everybody round him, together with his passenger, and in the end that call led to the demise of Juan Salido,” stated District Legal professional Michael Gadeberg throughout the arraignment, in line with Bay Metropolis Information.
Round 3:21 a.m. on June 10, California Freeway Patrol officers noticed Zumini driving a BMW erratically down southbound Interstate 280 and onto southbound Freeway 101. When officers tried to drag the automotive over, Zumini slowed down briefly, then turned off the automotive’s headlights and “punched it,” in line with CHP Officer Ross Lee.
Officers estimated the automotive hit over 100 miles per hour on 101 earlier than exiting at Yerba Buena, the place it blew by way of a purple gentle on the backside of the ramp and broadsided the minivan. Salido was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Zumini tried to get again on 101, however the BMW got here to a cease on the ramp. He then climbed over a lady within the passenger seat, Melissa Daybreak Vincent, and tried to flee on foot.
When CHP officers caught him, he claimed to have a felony warrant out for his arrest and that he had been utilizing methamphetamine. A drug check remains to be pending, in line with Bay Metropolis Information. Vincent was additionally arrested on the scene.
“There’s one particular person accountable for this horrific occasion, and that is Mr. Zumini,” CHP Capt. Jason Reardon stated. “Had he stopped like hundreds of thousands of individuals do throughout the state every single day, this by no means would have occurred.
“The poor one that misplaced his life at the moment would nonetheless be alive.”
Zumini was charged at the moment with one depend every of homicide, felony evading inflicting demise, felony evading inflicting nice bodily damage, felony hit and run inflicting demise, and felony hit and run inflicting nice bodily damage, in line with Gadeberg.
He’s being held with out bail on the Santa Clara County Important Jail.
Robert Salonga contributed reporting.