Driver charged in crash that killed 2 Chico State students

Oct 7, 2014 8:26 PM by News Staff

The Butte County District Attorney's Office has filed charges against former Chico State student Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez for his role in a January crash that killed two other students.

DA Mike Ramsey says Arriaga-Rodriguez, 18, had a blood alcohol content of .06, and also had a significant amount of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash.

Arriaga-Rodriguez was in a coma following the crash, and Ramsey said his office has been unable to reach Arriaga-Rodriguez's attorney and his current condition is unknown.

The crash happened Sunday, January 27th on Bidwell Avenue west of Rose Avenue, Rodriguez was traveling westbound when he lost control of his 1998 BMW crashing into the Big Chico Creek, killing 20-year-old Chico State student Austin Silver at the scene.

19-year-old Bryant Mata, who was another passenger in the car was taken to Enloe Medical Center, where he died two days later from his injuries.

Arriaga-Rodriguez faces two counts of Driving Under the Influence causing death and a special allegation of causing great bodily injury. If convicted Arriaga-Rodriguez faces up to nine years in prison.


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