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Santa Maria deadly DUI crash case continued to June

Javier Cortes charged with vehicular manslaughter

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Santa Maria man accused of causing a deadly car crash killing two young northern San Luis Obispo County women and leaving a third young woman in critical condition appeared in Santa Maria Superior Court Wednesday morning.

Javier Artemio Cortes, 27, is charged with driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter in the collision at the intersection of Miller Street and Donovan Road in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 16.

20-year-old Monica Gonzalez and 17-year-old Madison Coleman of Atascadero were killed.

The condition of the unidentified third young woman involved in the deadly crash is unclear.

A fourth young woman who was a passenger in the same car with the other victims in the deadly collision is said to be recovering from her injuries.

Cortes, who remains free on bail, appeared with his defense attorney for a scheduled hearing in Santa Maria Superior Court Wednesday morning.

His case was continued to June with no plea entered to the charges against him.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office says it continues to investigate the case.

A woman who identified herself as a family member of one of the crash victims was allowed to speak to in court Wednesday and tearfully protested the lengthy continuance of the case while Cortes remained free on bail.


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