Man Charged with 2 Counts of Murder for Mission District Fatal Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that David Morales, age 19, was charged with murdering two people and seriously injuring one person during a high speed chase with the police on January 1, 2013.

“We are prosecuting this case to the fullest extent because I have no tolerance for violence. Innocent bystanders were killed because of the reckless actions of a young man who is a known gang member,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We are losing too many people in our city because of gang violence. I’d like to implore upon parents to take a more active role with your children to ensure they are on a successful path to life.”

According to court documents, the defendant drove into Valencia Gardens in the Mission the morning of Jan 1, 2013. He saw three young men, asked where they were from and upon hearing they were from Valencia Gardens, the defendant produced a gun and fired a shot. Moments later, San Francisco Police stopped the defendant in the Mission based on a description of the car involved in the shooting. The defendant raced away in his vehicle, ran a red light at 21st and South Van Ness heading eastbound and struck a car, killing the woman in the passenger seat and seriously injuring the driver. The impact of the crash pushed the victims’ car onto a sidewalk where it struck and killed a pedestrian.

Morales is charged with 2 counts of murder, 3 counts of attempted murder, 1 count of evading an officer with willful disregard, 1 count of evading an officer while causing serious bodily injury, 1 count of participation in a criminal street gang, and 1 count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is also charged with firearm and gang allegations. The defendant faces multiple life terms and is facing over 200 years to life. He is currently on felony probation for participation in a criminal street gang for a conviction from April 13, 2012. He will be formerly arraigned on charges on January 8, 2013 in Dept. 11 at 9am. His bail is set at 10 million dollars. He has no bail for the probation matter. Assistant District Attorney John Ullom is prosecuting the case.

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