Man Accused of Causing Daughter’s Death Arrested Again after Her Funeral
OAKLAND – A man released from jail on his own recognizance to attend his 5-year-old daughter’s funeral was arrested again on June 5, for failing to appear in court to face charges blaming him for the car crash that killed her, and another person.
Clarence Brown, 22, of Oakland, was allegedly speeding more than 70 mph on the 880 Freeway near 16th Avenue, during the morning commute on May 1, when he smashed into a box truck, which was disabled and parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights flashing.
The man’s daughter, Nevaeh Alyia Persia Brown and his friend 23-year-old Dion Christy of Oakland, were both killed in the crash. Brown, his other 2-year-old girl, and her mother were injured at the scene of the accident.
Brown was released from Santa Rita Jail to attend his child’s funeral on May 27. New arrest warrants were issued to return him to custody when he failed to appear at a court hearing on May 30.
Brown was arrested by the California Highway Patrol, which partners with the Oakland Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and other agencies in the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force that coordinated his arrest.
Brown is charged with several felonies, including vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reckless driving with serious injury, child abuse, infliction of great bodily injury on another person, illegal possession of ammunition, among other charges; including one misdemeanor charge for driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Brown, who has prior convictions, is also charged with probation violation. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail without bond. His next scheduled court appearance for arraignment is on June 8.