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DUI suspect in violent Temecula crash charged with second-degree murder

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 20:14:24-04

(KGTV) — The DUI suspected accused in a violent chain-reaction crash on Interstate 15 in Temecula that killed one woman has been charged with second-degree murder.

Javier Calder, of Auburn, Washington, was charged with one count of second-degree murder and driving under the influence of a drug with an enhancement of causing great bodily injury, according to ABC-affiliate KABC.

If convicted, Calder could face life in prison.

Tuesday's crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on southbound I-15 near Rancho California Rd. Caldera was speeding in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at more than 100 mph when he slammed into the back of a Nissan Altima, according to CHP.

The driver of the Altima, 44-year-old Janet Genao of Murrieta, died at the scene, KABC reported.

Another vehicle was also struck and sent over the side of the freeway and into a parking structure at Temecula City Hall, the station adds.

Several other vehicles were also involved. Those drivers also injured but expected to survive.