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Modesto man faces two murder charges in fatal wreck on Sylvan Avenue last week

Two people died in a single-vehicle accident on Sylvan Avenue in north Modesto, California, early Thursday morning.
Two people died in a single-vehicle accident on Sylvan Avenue in north Modesto, California, early Thursday morning.

Prosecutors on Monday filed two murder charges against a Modesto driver suspected in a fatal wreck on Sylvan Avenue last week.

Alfonzo Rodriguez-Quintana, 28, already had been booked into Stanislaus County Jail on homicide and other charges. The murder charges, relatively rare in a traffic accident, were added later by the district attorney’s office.

The defendant, listed as Alfonzo Adrian Rodriguez in jail records, is accused of being under the influence when the solo crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The Modesto Police Department said the 2002 Dodge pickup hit a tree and caught fire near Bridgeford Lane and McHenry Avenue.

One of the passengers who died was Michael Perez, 29, of Modesto, police said. The county coroner’s office has not yet identified the other passenger.

Rodriguez-Quintana is being held with $2 million bail after being treated for minor injuries. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Stanislaus Superior Court.

Along with murder and DUI, the charges include two counts of vehicular manslaughter, giving false information to a police officer, and driving without a valid driver’s license. The DA also alleges that Rodriguez-Quintana personally inflicted great bodily injury and that he has served a prison term on drug charges.

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