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Sep 3, 2013 8:45 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Forklift driver charged in double fatal car accident in Santa Maria

The driver of a forklift that crashed and killed two people last week in Santa Maria has been charged with four felony counts.

Investigators say Daniel Castillo, 37, was operating the forklift when it collided with a car on Philbric Road off Betteravia Road in Santa Maria.

Two people were killed and two others were injured in that crash.

Castillo made his first appearance in court on Tuesday. In his blue jail clothes, Castillo kept his head down while a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge read him his charges. The victims' families watched quietly.

Those charges include two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.

Days following the crash, family and friends remember those who were lost.

Killed was the driver of the car, 18-year-old Adolfo Carrasco, and 49-year-old Casilda Pozos.

The California Highway Patrol says Castillo tried to turn left into a farm field when he struck the left side of the car, forcing it into a drainage ditch.

Emergency crews had to tear apart the car to remove the victims.

One of the passengers was airlifted by CalStar and the other was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

40-year-old Mayte Carrasco and 19-year-old Celiset Pozos were in serious, but stable conditions at local hospitals.

Castillo's bail was raised from $100,000 to $250,000. He will be back in court on September 6th.



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