By Scott Marshall
LAFAYETTE_ Prosecutors have charged a Tracy man with felony gross vehicular manslaughter in the March 22 death of a motorist in front of Acalanes High School on Stanley Boulevard that outraged the Lamorinda community.
David Caspillo, 38, of Tracy was charged Monday, said Lafayette police Chief Mike Hubbard. Caspillo was not taken into custody, but prosecutors issued an order for him to appear in court.
“Oh, thank God,” said Jim Hall, a longtime friend of the victim, Dale Zenor, 55 of Walnut Creek. “It’s one sigh of relief and a small step for justice.”
The charge is the culmination of a months-long investigation into Zenor’s death.
The investigation, while exhaustive, did not establish a precise speed of the BMW 740 Caspillo drove that day, but the velocity of the accident was tremendous, Hubbard said.
The high-speed chain-reaction crash occurred as Caspillo accelerated toward the rear of Zenor’s Mazda, last in line of a group of vehicles stopped for a red light at Stanley Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road, according to police and a witness.
Five other people were injured.
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