SAN MATEO COUNTY — Prosecutors have charged an Australian man with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after a lethal crash final week by which he was allegedly driving on the flawed aspect of the highway on Freeway 84 close to La Honda.
Luke Nardini, 31, was driving eastbound within the westbound lane of Freeway 84 round 5 p.m. Friday night when he collided with a Ford Taurus carrying 4 passengers, in keeping with the San Mateo County District Legal professional’s Workplace.
A male backseat passenger was pronounced lifeless on the scene, whereas the opposite backseat passenger, a girl, died later at a hospital. The 2 different passengers have been injured; their situation was not recognized Wednesday.
Killed within the crash have been Jack Davis and Linda Davis, each of whom have been 80 and dwelling in La Honda, in keeping with the San Mateo County coroner’s workplace.
Nardini, who was driving a BMW M4, encountered a highway closure of the eastbound lane, in keeping with prosecutors; as soon as he handed the closure, they mentioned, he “(forgot) to maneuver again to the proper aspect of the highway, as they drive on the left in Australia.” He continued driving eastbound within the westbound lane, reaching a pace of 55-60 mph, authorities mentioned.
The Ford Taurus was going westbound, coming round a “sweeping” curve, when Nardini’s car appeared immediately in entrance of them — solely 10 toes away, prosecutors mentioned. The Taurus’s driver took evasive motion however the automobiles collided head-on.
Nardini appeared in an arraignment listening to on the Corridor of Justice in Redwood Metropolis on Tuesday, the place he pleaded not responsible to each misdemeanor fees. Bail was set at $20,000.
Australian information web site Perth Now reported that Nardini is a racecar driver in Western Australia.
It is a growing report. Test again for updates.