A man charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a crash Saturday that killed his friend made his first appearance in San Mateo County Superior Court this afternoon but delayed entering a plea.Bruce Walker, 36, had been hospitalized with major injuries since the crash and was brought to San Mateo County jail on a no-bail arrest warrant upon his release Tuesday night, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Dressed in orange jail clothes, he made an appearance with his retained lawyer for two felony counts — vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and drunken driving causing bodily injury.Walker was allegedly speeding south on El Camino Real in a silver Infinity M45 when he crossed Howard Avenue and lost control of the car shortly before 10 p.m., Burlingame police reported.
The car slid sideways into a eucalyptus tree on the passenger side. Walker’s passenger, 36-year-old David James White, was killed.Walker was trapped and had to be extricated from the wreck. He was then sent to the hospital with serious injuries.He faces 10 years in state prison if convicted of both felony counts. He is scheduled to return to court April 29 for further arraignment.
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