REDWOOD CITY -- A Stanford Graduate School of Business student was booked into jail on drunken driving and manslaughter charges for a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 that killed a Puerto Rican man and injured two others, authorities said Friday.
Zachary Katz, 24, had been hospitalized since the collision in South San Francisco early Saturday, but was taken to the San Mateo County jail late Wednesday. He was released two hours later on $250,000 bail, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Prosecutors didn't say whether they plan to file formal charges against Katz for the crash that killed Pedro Juan Soldevila, 62, of San Juan, Puerto Rico. They will review the evidence ahead of Katz's first scheduled appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court set for Nov. 12.
Katz was booked on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, drunken driving, having a blood-alcohol content of .15 or higher, and driving on the wrong side of the road, California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Ferguson said.
Police say Katz was driving north on the southbound side of the freeway near the South San Francisco exit around 3:40 a.m. when he collided with a taxi. The crash threw Soldevila from the vehicle and partially ejected another Puerto Rican man and injured the cabdriver. The taxi was headed south to San Francisco International Airport, police said.
Katz was left with broken bones after the crash, which remains under investigation. Police have not said where Katz had been that night nor how he allegedly ended up on the wrong side of the freeway.
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