O’side man charged with passenger’s death in accident

VISTA — A young man charged with death of his friend during a single-vehicle accident in November will have to stand trial, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 11. Reyes Miranda, 20, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI relating to a crash that occurred around 2 a.m. Nov. 8, 2009, on East Vista Way near Mason Road in Vista, which killed his 17-year-old passenger, Gerardo Chacon. Prosecutors allege Miranda, of Oceanside, lost control of his Ford Mustang, hit a guardrail and then crashed through a bus-stop shelter. Chacon, a junior at Vista High School, died at the scene as a result of blunt force trauma, authorities said. Police believe he was not wearing his seatbelt. Miranda’s next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 28. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

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