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Jan 23, 2014 8:33 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Forklift driver to stand trial for deadly crash

The man accused of killing two people in a forklift crash last August in Santa Maria appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

A judge decided Daniel Castillo, 37, will go to trial on two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence of drugs, causing injury.

Investigators say Castillo was driving the forklift when it crashed into a car, killing Adolfo Carrasco, 18, and Casilda Pozos, 49.

In court Thursday, California Highway Patrol officers said Castillo admitted to having taking a Vicodin and drinking a beer that morning. His BAC was .01 and a blood test found no traces of either substance; however, officers said his blood tested positive for methamphetamine.

Officers also testified Castillo had driven the forklift in reverse for about five miles before the crash. They said that, along with speed, also factored into the crash.

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