Driver arrested in fatal Bay Bridge crash posts bail

An alleged drunken driver accused of causing a fiery, fatal crash on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge early Sunday has been released from custody pending charges in Alameda County.

According to witnesses, Jerell Puno, 22, of Fairfield, was driving recklessly and speeding at more than 100 mph on the lower deck of the bridge when he rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz east of Treasure Island at about 2:20 a.m., California Highway Patrol spokesman Shawn Chase said.

Puno's Subaru Impreza and the Mercedes-Benz spun out on impact and slammed into the bridge railing, the CHP reported.

A passenger in the Mercedes, 21-year-old Scott Leister, of Castro Valley, was pinned inside and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. Three other occupants sustained minor injuries.

Puno was able to escape the Subaru before it erupted in flames, and had only minor scrapes, Chase said.

Chase said Puno was “very cooperative” with officers and even apologetic before being arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Later Sunday, he posted $102,500 bail and was released from jail in Alameda County, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

A court date in the case has not yet been set, according to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Bay City News

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