The 21-year-old man accused of being behind the wheel in a fatal drunk driving collision that claimed the life of a 14-year-old Turlock teenager made his first court appearance Wednesday, but has yet to enter a plea to the charges against him.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office formally filed charges against Kevin A. Hernandez Solis, who also goes by Kevin Alejandro Solis on Monday. He is facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter for the death of Frieda Pineda, with enhancements for injuring two other people in the vehicle — Kendra and Rebecca Murillo. Solis also faces a charge of driving under the influence causing injury, with the special circumstance that his blood alcohol level was .15 percent or higher.
On Dec. 14, Solis was driving a Toyota truck in the 100 block of E. Monte Vista Avenue when he struck a Toyota sedan at a high rate of speed. The impact ejected Pineda from the vehicle and she was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the sedan, Kendra Murillo and the other passenger, Rebecca Murillo, both sustained serious injuries from the collision that required hospitalization.
Solis was in court on Wednesday to be arraigned on the charges, but his defense attorney requested the arraignment be continued to a later day because they were awaiting on a report, according to the court records. The arraignment was continued to Jan. 30.
Solis is currently out of custody on a $100,000 bail.
Frieda was a student at Dutcher Middle School and was remembered by her classmates as a fun and outgoing friend.