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Man arrested for double homicide after Sept. 2 crash

East Palo Alto man killed two women in San Jose car crash, police say

An East Palo Alto man has been arrested on suspicion of murder for a hit-and-run crash that killed two women on their way to work at San Jose International Airport earlier this month, police said.

Police said officers arrested 24-year-old Danny Coleman in Union City on Friday in connection with the Sept. 2 crash that claimed the lives of San Jose residents Carmen Zavala, 63, and Cristina Alvaro DeLeon, 62.

The women were heading to the airport to begin their shifts at eateries there around 3:15 a.m. when Coleman broadsided their car in his Mercedes-Benz, according to police.

Both women were killed in the crash, which wrecked their car so badly that police struggled to verify its make and model, police said.

Police said California Highway Patrol officers had attempted to stop Coleman's vehicle a short time before the fatal crash when they saw him speeding on northbound U.S. Highway 101.

After exiting the freeway at First Street, the Mercedes appeared to be stopping but the driver sped away again, leading officers on a brief chase, according to police.

The officers stopped following the Mercedes for safety reasons and came upon the victims' totaled car a short time later.

An ongoing investigation and search using registration information from the Mercedes led police to Coleman.

Police said they could not disclose details that prompted them to classify the case as a double homicide, saying that the investigation is still unfolding.

Anyone with additional information about the fatal crash is asked to call police at 408-277-5283 or Silicon Valley Crimestoppers at 408-947-STOP. Information may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Posted by justsaying
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hey, isn't DJ from Menlo?


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Posted by bambi
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

yes he is but when something goes bad epa


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Posted by Jared Bernstein
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

Jared Bernstein is a registered user.

I read a fuller, but still confusing account in the Sunday SJ Mercury.

How does one get charged with Murder in a traffic accident? Manslaughter, and many other charges may seem warranted, but "murder"? Seems a stretch.


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Posted by ralphc
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Sep 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

ralphc is a registered user.

Hopefully this is not an (all-to common) instance of high speed police chase resulting in a fatal accident.


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