Stanford business school student pleads not guilty in fatal crash

A student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple felony charges related to a fatal wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Francisco last month, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Zachary Katz, 24, has been charged with one count of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of felony drunken driving causing great bodily injury in connection with the Oct. 5 crash that killed 62-year-old Pedro Juan Soldevilla of Puerto Rico, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Katz had a blood alcohol content of around .15 when he drove the wrong way onto southbound Highway 101 near Sierra Point Parkway at 3:50 a.m. The legal limit is .08.

He crashed into an SUV taxi, which veered across several lanes and was struck by a Mazda, the CHP said.

Soldevilla, who had been a passenger in the cab, was ejected and died at the scene. Another passenger and the taxi driver were seriously injured, the CHP said.

The driver of the Mazda was not injured.

Katz suffered several broken bones and was hospitalized for four days before he was arrested and booked at San Mateo County Jail.

He remains out of custody on $250,000 bail, Guidotti said.

Prosecutors have requested an increase in bail based on the number of charges, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A bail hearing has been set in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday at 9 a.m.Bay Area NewsJuan SoldevillaPeninsulaStanford Graduate School of BusinessZachary Katz

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