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Fatal Fremont crash suspect could be released; officials seek more time to file charges

DUBLIN — The 21-year-old man accused of killing three people in a deadly Fremont crash earlier this week has not yet been charged until further investigation, the district attorney’s office said.
San Jose resident Dang Nguyen Hai Tran, the driver of a Toyota Camry involved in the crash, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, the CHP said. (California Highway Patrol)
Dang Nguyen Hai Tran, of San Jose, was identified as the driver of the Toyota Camry involved in the crash on Interstate 880 on Tuesday night about 9:30 p.m. He was headed north, just south of Stevenson Boulevard, when the car veered left into another lane and struck a 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the CHP said.
After his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, he was expected to be arraigned Thursday at the East County Hall of Justice. The date was then changed to Friday afternoon. But charges were not yet filed as of Friday afternoon, meaning he could be released from Santa Rita Jail.
The district attorney’s office is asking for further investigation and information on the crash.
“We will make a charging decision when we have all of the evidence, upon completion of the work,” district attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said Friday.
Tran was arrested on suspicion of grievous vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of a nightstick or other modified weapon, according to county records.

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After Tran’s car hit the Escalade, the Escalade overturned, sustaining major damage, and continued north before hitting a Toyota Corolla, which veered right and hit a 2013 Hyundai.
Sisters Brooke Limas, 9, and Christy Limas, 14, and 39-year-old Noelle Johnson, all of Manteca, were killed.
Johnson, the Limas sisters and a fourth person were ejected from the Escalade; preliminary information suggests none was wearing seatbelts, the CHP said.

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Five other people, all younger than 18, were injured, including an infant in critical condition, and were taken to area hospitals.
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