After spending more than five weeks in the hospital, a Patterson man was booked into the Stanislaus County jail Tuesday on charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter for a fatal collision that killed two people.
Gustavo Perez Guzman, 36, is accused of driving under the influence Aug. 9 when he ran a stop sign at Pomelo and Sycamore avenues southeast of Patterson, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic on Sycamore has no stop sign, and Guzman collided with a southbound Honda Accord driven by 40-year-old Zenaida Mendez. She and her passenger Ulises Torres-Zepeda, 31, both of Patterson, died at the scene.
Guzman, who initially was identified by an alias, Martin Padilla, suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center and later was transferred to Stanford Hospital in East Palo Alto.
He was released from the hospital and booked into jail Tuesday on two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving without a license. Guzman is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.