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UPDATE: Driver in Avila wreck was drunk, driving 'really fast,' report says

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: The driver of a car that crashed in Avila Beach, killing two people, gave two preliminary breath samples that showed blood alcohol levels of 0.245 and 0.232 percent, according to a police report.

And the only passenger who survived the crash, Jacob Zimmer, said that 21-year-old Evan Green of Chico — who acknowledged to police that he was the driver — was going “really fast.”

“It wasn’t like a hundred, but it was definitely freeway speeds or a little more,” the report states.

Green told police he was traveling at 40 to 45 miles per hour, the report states.

Aaron Michael Beaver and Marcus Alexander Nelson were killed in the crash.

Green pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, and driving without a license.

The group of friends had been drinking at Woodstock’s Pizza and the bars Mo Tav and The Library in downtown San Luis Obispo before the wreck, according to witnesses at the businesses and video surveillance from Mo Tav, the report states.

Green is due back in court for a pre-preliminary hearing in July 11.

Original story: The Chico State University student who allegedly wrecked a car, killing two people in Avila Beach early Friday morning, was charged in court Tuesday with gross vehicular manslaughter.

Evan Green, 21, is scheduled to appear in San Luis Obispo Superior Court this morning for arraignment.

Green was booked into County Jail without bail on suspicion of second degree murder after his arrest.

But prosecutors filed the lesser charges of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence causing bodily injury based on the initial evidence.

Green is also being charged with a misdemeanor of driving without a license and enhancements that include a blood alcohol level of .20 percent or higher, though officials haven’t released a specific blood alcohol level. Green was the alleged driver in a crash that killed passengers Aaron Beaver, 21, of Eureka, and Marcus Nelson, 21, of Castro Valley, according to the CHP.

The wreck caused serious bodily injury to 21-year-old Jacob Zimmer of Castro Valley.

Green’s record in Butte County shows a conviction in 2009 for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

His sentencing included loss of his driver’s license for a year, according to online court records.

Daniel Hilford, San Luis Obispo County’s assistant district attorney, said the crash investigation is continuing. The office is gathering information about Green’s prior criminal and driving records, Hilford said.

Green and his three passengers were coming from San Luis Obispo when the early morning wreck occurred, Hilford said.

Investigators believe Green’s family has a residence in Avila Beach, he said.

But neither the District Attorney’s Office nor the CHP are releasing additional details, citing the investigation.

The wreck took place about 2 a.m. Friday on Avila Beach Drive east of Cave Landing Road.

After Green lost control of the 2004 Saturn Vue, it rolled several times and crashed through the metal cyclone fence that borders the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

The car came to rest on its roof, facing east on the golf course, CHP officials said.

Green waived his right to an arraignment Tuesday, agreeing to allow the arraignment to be held today.

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