Shandon man pleads not guilty to vehicular manslaughter
August 22, 2013
A man who is charged with causing the death of a Bakersfield couple in a fatal hit-and-run last week in Shandon pled not guilty Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter. [Tribune]
Vicente Muniz Montes, 38, allegedly told the police that he fled the scene of the crash because he did not have insurance, a driver’s license or vehicle registration.
Montes’s Jeep collided with the vehicle of Charles Massara, 69, and Ireene Massara, 68, killing both of them. Montes is alleged to have made a turn directly into their car while driving under the influence of alcohol on Highway 46 in Shandon on August 17.
On Wednesday, Montes pled not guilty to all four charges he faces. Montes is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run causing death and driving with a suspended license.
Montes allegedly told police that he had four Tecate beers over a 3-hour span prior to the crash. Four hours after the collision, Montes had a blood alcohol level .048.
The defendant also has another pending DUI case, in which he is alleged to have been driving more than 100 mph on Highway 46 with a blood alcohol level of .12.