With the man believed to be the wrong-way driver responsible for the death of three Placer County young adults still hospitalized, the District Attorney’s Office is considering arraigning him before he’s ready to leave the facility.
Authorities believe an intoxicated Aaron Jordon Caudillo, 24, of Roseville was driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 in the early morning hours of Jan. 10 when his westbound 2006 Chrysler 300 collided with a 1994 Buick Regal headed east. The three people in the Regal, driver Matthew Azar, 20, Kendra Langham, 18, and Mathew Beardwitt, 18, were pronounced dead at the scene.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Chad Hertzell said an officer is monitoring him as he recuperates, but said neither he nor the hospital could offer more information on Caudillo’s recovery. Potential charges were not specified.
“We are looking at the possibility of arraigning him at his bedside, having a judge come up and his attorney and have everything done there. The district attorney is kicking that option around but no decision has been made yet,” Hertzell said.
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The cars collided at 2:10 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Madison Avenue exit.
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