Drunk driver faces manslaughter charges for driving wrong way on freeway

Drunk driver faces manslaughter charges for driving wrong way on freeway

SAN JOSE – 23-year-old Casey Matthew Olson of Mountain View was arrested under PC 191.5(a), gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, VC 21651 (c), driving the wrong way on a freeway, VC 23153 (a), Driving under the influence of alcohol while causing injury, and VC 23153 (b), driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.

On Saturday, July 12 on southbound Highway 101 near Blossom Hill Road, Olson caused a collision while driving a Honda Odyssey minivan the wrong direction.

When the CHP officer arrived at the scene, he located the gray minivan with Olson, who appeared to be asleep inside. He asked Olson for his driver’s license, and he appeared to be reaching into his front pocket in search of it, but then he started to turn the ignition key to start the minivan.

Casey Olson (Facebook)

Casey Olson (Facebook)

The CHP officer told Olson to stop trying to start the minivan. He initiated an interview with Olson about the collision, who said, “I’m gonna be honest with you, I am straight drunk”. Olson also admitted to smoking marijuana sometime before drinking. When CHP officers asked Olson what he had been drinking, Olson said, “Hard liquor, Jack”. Olson then stated he had “four drinks” of hard alcohol before getting into his car to drive home, less than a half-hour before the accident.

Olson had hit several vehicles on the highway, eventually colliding with a silver Dodge Magnum head-on. A Honda Civic, a overturned Volkswagen Bug, and a chartered bus had all at one point collided with each other trying to avoid the wrong way driver. However, the silver Dodge, which was in the #4 lane, collided head-on with Olson, causing severe front end damage. The right front passenger, Christian Reyes, was still pinned inside the vehicle when CHP officers arrived at the scene. He had sustained severe injuries and was unconscious. The driver, Paul Deras Sanchez, had already gotten out of the vehicle. Olson appeared to have sustained injuries from his seat belt stretching from his waist reaching across his stomach to his upper chest.

When CHP officers told him that he was going to be arrested for DUI, Olson said, “That’s no surprise”.

This is not Olson’t first brush with the law. In 2009, while he was 18, he was arrested and charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. This stemmed from an incident in which he and a friend were throwing hard, unripe lemons at a neighbor’s house. A 41-year-old woman who lived there was hit by one when she came outside just after midnight in November. The next year, in June he was arrested for petty theft, and in August for possession of marijuana. In February of 2011, after moving to an apartment, he was arrested for growing marijuana, possession of cannabis for sale and possession of concentrated cannabis.

After the accident, while they transported Olson to the Santa Clara Main Jail for booking, the EMS reported that the injured man, Christian Reyes, had succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

The next court hearing on this case is scheduled for August 6, 2014 in Dept 35 at 9:00 am at 190 W Hedding Street in San Jose.

Categories: Santa Clara

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Comments

  1. Allen Smith
    Allen Smith 31 July, 2014, 13:44

    While I do appreciate your taking the time to write this, you have your facts wrong about the accident. The passenger was not Christine Sanchez, it was Christian Reyes, 25, of Gilroy, CA. He was pinned in the passenger side of the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Paul, the driver, only suffered minor injuries and was released from the hospital hours later. Christian was a wonderful person who touched the lives of everyone around him and everyone should know his name.

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    • Ken Kiunke
      Ken Kiunke 31 July, 2014, 16:32

      Thank you for your comment. The story has been updated to correct the erroneous information. We apologize for the error.

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  2. Andrea Prucnal
    Andrea Prucnal 31 July, 2014, 15:24

    The guy who passed away was not Paul, It was Christian.

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    • Ken Kiunke
      Ken Kiunke 31 July, 2014, 16:33

      Thank you for your comment. The story has been updated to correct the erroneous information. We apologize for the error.

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  3. geoff
    geoff 31 July, 2014, 16:27

    The person who passed away is Christian Reyes..not Christine Sanchez. I hope this Casey Olsen gets what he deserves for killing my best friend.

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    • Ken Kiunke
      Ken Kiunke 31 July, 2014, 16:33

      Thank you for your comment. The story has been updated to correct the erroneous information. We apologize for the error.

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  4. Yaneth Reyes
    Yaneth Reyes 31 July, 2014, 21:53

    Espero que pague con muchos años en prision, se llevo a una magnifica persona, ojala y se pudra en la carsel, mi primo no tenia la culpa de su estupidez. Te extraño Christian

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  5. Ron
    Ron 2 August, 2014, 18:42

    Thanks for caseys in depth crime report because this is so relevant to the story at hand you troll. Why dont you do a story about the life of the man that lost his life we dont care about caseys criminal history this is not the courtroom maybe you should do so more research i am very sorry for the lose of christian and his family and friends i can not imagine what they are dealing wit and you just made this article to troll and get views you sick person someones dead

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  6. Adan
    Adan 6 August, 2014, 16:38

    I pray this Casey person will get what he deserves. Christian was my best friend that I worked with for 6 years and also worked with his mother for 6 years. Christian was a happy outgoing person and love life and was taken from us too early. I will never forget him I still read his text messages every night I miss my friend very much rest in peace chacho. you will be missed by friends and family. but never forgotten.

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  7. gloria sosa
    gloria sosa 9 August, 2014, 13:34

    K este hombre pague lo k le hizo a mi hijo, me kito mi tesoro mas precioso

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  8. amanda garza
    amanda garza 24 August, 2014, 13:05

    Christian was an amazing person inside and out. Always with a smile on his face bringing laughter with him. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. I sit and look at his texts smiling at all the things we talked about. Justice will be served. I love you Christian.

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  9. Jacob
    Jacob 7 May, 2016, 10:47

    Casey Olson has been released and is back home now. How do you only serve ~2 years after murdering someone? I don’t get it.
    Yes, mistakes happen, we make bad decisions. But none of that matters after you killed someone. Your bad decision won’t bring back that person. I just don’t get it.

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