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Jerardo Iriarte was upset over ex-girlfriend when he drove car off Highway 101, police say

The Oceano man accused of causing the crash last month in Pismo Beach that killed a vacationing Washington state couple had been trying to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend at her work and had little sleep the night before, according to a police incident report.

Jerardo Iriarte, 19, has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in connection with the wreck that killed Bruce and Marjorie Mallin on Oct. 16.

Iriarte is scheduled to be in court Dec. 9 to face charges. He faces up to seven years and four months in state prison if he’s convicted, prosecutors said.

According to the report by the Pismo Beach Police Department, Iriarte and his girlfriend of three years had broken up, and he was trying to restart the relationship.

The morning of the crash, Iriarte went to the Marie Callender’s restaurant where she worked and talked with her both outside and inside the restaurant, according to the report.

He asked her multiple times if they could get back together, but she said she “needed more time,” the woman told police.

The girlfriend’s name is redacted in the report.

Iriarte told police that he had been upset and only slept for about five minutes the night before the crash that took place near the Marie Callender’s restaurant on Price Street about 7:30 a.m. He hadn’t been sleeping well for two weeks, Iriarte told police.

The woman had to be at work at 5:30 a.m. that morning and spoke with Iriarte outside the restaurant before her shift. Then he came in the restaurant later that morning and “got mad and knocked over a pie inside of the restaurant” before she asked him to leave, the report said.

Iriarte initially denied to police that he crashed the car to get attention.

But, “after several more minutes, Iriarte said, ‘Maybe I was just trying to get some attention like you said,’ ” the report states.

According to police, Iriarte intentionally drove his car through a fence while heading south on Highway 101 and continued onto the sidewalk bordering the west curb of Price Street, where he struck Bruce Mallin, 63, and his 59-year-old wife, Marjorie.

Iriarte told police that his intention was to harm himself but not to kill himself and that he hadn’t intended to hurt anyone else, the report states.

“Iriarte’s eyes began to well up with tears and he said, ‘I am very sorry for what I have done,’” the report states.

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