HAYWARD -- Sentencing of a man convicted of killing three teen passengers in a fatal downtown police chase has been continued to April 2.
Leo Ray Olguin, 25, was found guilty in December of three counts of second-degree murder, robbery, evading arrest and felony driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Olguin was on probation on Dec. 24, 2009, when he drove his car through a red light and crashed into a big rig at A Street and Foothill Boulevard while fleeing sheriff's deputies, authorities said.
His three back-seat passengers, Andrew Falcon, 17; Dominic Hall, 18; and Vanessa Hurtado, 16, died from their injuries. A fourth passenger riding in the front was seriously injured.
Olguin suffered only minor injuries, perhaps because he ducked as the Mazda he was driving slid under the Safeway big rig, shearing off the top of the car, police said. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Sentencing had been scheduled for Monday but was continued awaiting a presentencing report from the Alameda County Probation Department.
Two Alameda County sheriff's deputies saw the Mazda run a stop sign at Sunset and Western boulevards just outside Hayward city limits, said a spokesman for the district attorney's office. When the deputies tried to pull the Mazda over, Olguin sped up and blasted through several stop signs and red lights, according to testimony. He was going 75 mph when he ran a red light at A and Foothill, slamming into the big rig, the spokesman said. Olguin tested positive for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines, according to the district attorney's office.
Two of the men in Olguin's car had robbed three men at gunpoint a half-hour earlier near Harder Elementary School, about a mile and a half from the crash site, according to testimony.
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