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Paul Diaz Surrenders to Police After Allegedly Fleeing Scene of Triple Fatal Accident in Colma

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The driver of a Ford Mustang who allegedly ran away from a crash this morning that killed the Mustang’s three occupants has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, according to police. Paul Diaz, 25, of Daly City, turned himself in shortly after 1:30 p.m. to Daly City police and was then taken into custody by Colma police and booked into San Mateo County Jail.

The victims were Ruvin Abel Vazquez, Jonathan Jade Mouton, and Rosa Maria Falla, a San Mateo County coroner’s office investigator said. The victims were all in their 20s. The incident was reported at about 7:40 a.m. on the 2000 block of Hillside Boulevard near Sand Hill Road. The three victims and Diaz were in a green Ford Mustang that hit a second car, a green Honda, sending it into the Cypress Lawn cemetery.

The Mustang was cut in half in the crash, killing the three passengers. Diaz allegedly fled on foot. The coroner’s office cleared the bodies from the crash site by 10 a.m. The Honda’s sole occupant did not suffer serious injuries and is cooperating with investigators, police said. Hillside Boulevard between Serramonte and Lawndale boulevards remained closed at about 3:30 p.m., a police dispatcher said. Police are continuing to investigate and toxicology reports to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash are pending.

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