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Chico State student to be tried for manslaughter for crash near Avila

Evan Alexander Green, 21, of Chico was arrested Saturday, June 18, 2011, on suspicion of second-degree murder and driving without a valid license. Original story »
Evan Alexander Green, 21, of Chico was arrested Saturday, June 18, 2011, on suspicion of second-degree murder and driving without a valid license. Original story »

A Chico State University student, who allegedly was behind the wheel in a car crash that killed two people in June in Avila Beach, waived his right to a preliminary hearing today. Evan Alexander Green, 21, chose not to contest the prosecution's allegations that sufficient evidence exists to proceed to trial — the standard for advancing a case to trial.

Green has pleaded not guilty in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving without a license. The two men who died were Aaron Beaver, 21, of Eureka and Marcus Nelson, 21, of Castro Valley, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A passenger in the left rear part of the vehicle, Jacob Zimmer, 21, of Castro Valley, suffered major injuries.

Officers conducted two preliminary tests on Green they said showed blood-alcohol levels of 0.245 and 0.232 percent. California's legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Green is due back in Judge Jacquelyn Duffy’s court for a second arraignment on Feb. 8.

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