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Suspect in triple-fatal Oceanside crash reportedly released from jail

Posted: 12:59 PM, Feb 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-09 17:21:12-05
Deadly Oceanside crash
Mason Fish
Oceanside crash

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — The man accused of driving under the influence before colliding with a vehicle, killing three people, has reportedly been released from jail.

Neighbors told 10News that Mason Fish was released this week. Although public service alerts report the teen’s release, police department officials have not yet made any confirmation. Fish will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on March 27.

A judge ordered Fish to be held on $800,000 bail during his first court appearance Thursday. The 19-year-old was booked into jail on three counts of vehicular manslaughter and DUI resulting in bodily injury.

Fish is accused of driving under the influence during the Feb. 5 wreck, in which Oceanside Police say he ran a red light on S. Coast Highway at Oceanside Blvd. and crashed his Toyota Tacoma into a Mazda, killing three women and injuring three others.

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Petra Arango, 40, of Oceanside; Rufina Rodriguez, 74, of Fallbrook; and 56-year-old Eloina Arango, of Mexico, were identified as the victims. Police say two of the victims weren’t wearing seatbelts.

A 13-year-old girl, who neighbors and friends call Kelly, was ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured. Aquilino Arango Ojeda, 82, of Fallbrook; and 43-year-old Rey David Velasco Herrera, of Oceanside, were in the front seats of the vehicle and also seriously injured. Arango Ojeda and the young girl have since been released from the hospital.

Fish's defense attorney claimed he just found out his grandmother died and was driving to the beach to clear his head, before going to class at a local community college.

Meanwhile, the deputy district attorney said Thursday that investigators found cocaine in Fish's wallet.

DMV records showed Fish's driver's license was listed as suspended or revoked on Jan. 26, 2019, and that he had been involved in three prior crashes on Dec. 23, 2017; Jan. 25, 2018; and Sept. 5, 2018.

According to Fish's defense attorney, he said Fish was unaware his license was suspended. He added, in regards to the crashes, that Fish "tapped" a car at a red light and was sideswiped.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Oceanside Police at 760-435-4431.

A GoFundMe has also been set up to help the family with funeral and medical expenses here.