Driver faces felony charges in fatal crash

  • 11/8/2007: B1: Ryan Karr

    1/21/2007: A11:

    1/20/2007:A9: Ryan Karr

    PC: The driver of the car that caused the collision, Ryan Karr, 26 of Windsor, left, walks with California HIghway Parol officer Heather Bushey, center and Sonoma Life Support's Janet Doty near the scene of the crash on the northbound lanes of Highway 101 near the Airport exit. (The Press Democrat) / Crista Jeremiason) 1/19/07

Ryan Karr, the Santa Rosa man involved in a fiery Highway 101 crash in January that killed five people, was arrested Thursday and booked on five felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, a CHP spokeswoman said.

Karr, 26, also was booked on five misdemeanor counts of manslaughter and one misdemeanor drug charge, Officer Barbara Upham said.

Karr?s arrest at his Rincon Valley home followed a 10-month investigation into the Jan. 17 crash near Windsor.

Upham declined further comment, saying the Sonoma County district attorney was now handling the case. The CHPturned over its investigation in November.

Calls to the District Attorney?s Office weren?t immediately returned. Karr?s attorney, Andy Martinez, also did not immediately return calls.

The CHP said Karr was driving a Mitsubishi coupe in rush-hour traffic on northbound Highway 101 when he rear-ended a Honda Civic carrying six passengers.

The Honda burst into flames, trapping five occupants. Witnesses rescued a 5-year-old boy, who was hospitalized for months with severe burns.

Karr reportedly told investigators he was not paying attention when the crash happened.

The lone survivor was Christian Flores Carlos of Windsor.

His mother, Edith Carlos Medina, 23, was driving and suffered fatal injuries.

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