Fresno Man Could Face Murder Charge

January 28, 2009 7:38:49 PM PST
A Fresno man could be facing a murder charge for driving drunk and killing a 20-year-old woman. Hector Manzo was injured when officers arrested him this past weekend. The 25-year-old plead not guilty Wednesday in court. Police arrested Manzo for driving drunk two months ago. Manzo then completed a class designed to teach the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving. The district attorneys office could decide to increase his criminal charge from manslaughter to murder because of his criminal background.

A judge ordered the media not to video tape Manzo's face in court. Investigators accused Manzo of driving a sedan drunk Saturday night and running a stop sign at the intersection of Fruit and Adams Avenues. His car hit a minivan with 20-year-old Marcella Vasquez and four other people inside. Vasquez died.

A small memorial now marks the spot where Vasquez lost her life in rural Fresno County. According to court records, Manzo was arrest for drunken driving three months ago. A judge sentenced him to probation ordering Manzo to attend a class called "Scared Stiff."

Enrique Read founded "Scared Stiff" 12 years ago. Reade said, "It's not to scare anything. It's to make them think before they make these choices." The session sometimes brings DUI offenders face to face with victims and survivors of alcohol related crashes. Reade could not specifically talk about Manzo's case. He said the class is designed to give people a second chance but no more. Reade said, "It is no different than someone carrying a gun. Here, somebody is drinking and driving and it is like a rolling bomb. If they hit someone they are going to blow them up, take them out, a whole family."

The victim will be buried in Mexico where most of her family lives. Manzo returns to court next month.

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