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Man pleads not guilty to charges in fatal East Palo Alto collision

Defendant scheduled to return to court on Oct. 11

A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges in a fatal vehicle collision earlier this summer in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Diangelo Pantalion Williams, 27, of East Palo Alto, entered not-guilty pleas to one count of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of reckless driving causing injury at San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City on Thursday afternoon, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Williams is accused of speeding down University Avenue where he ran two red lights on the afternoon of June 16 and T-boned a car carrying a married couple, Wagstaffe said.

The driver, 49-year-old Jose Diaz-Galaviz, was about to turn right from Kavanaugh Drive to westbound University Avenue prior to the collision, according to Wagstaffe.

Diaz-Galaviz was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife was injured, the district attorney said. He had five children, the youngest who is 13 years old.

The 49-year-old man's car struck a third vehicle that was left with property damage, prosecutors said.

A woman in Williams' vehicle suffered a broken back from the collision, according to Wagstaffe.

Williams, who remains in custody on $250,000 bail, is scheduled a preliminary hearing on Oct. 11, Wagstaffe said. The defendant faces seven years and four months in prison if convicted.

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