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Suspect in deadly Blanco Road crash charged with murder, victim identified

SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE MARCH 22, 2022 at 12:06 p.m.-- A suspect and victim in a deadly motorcycle crash Monday on Blanco Road have been identified.

Angel Castro, 35, has been arrested and charged into Monterey County Jail for charges of murder, hit and run causing death or injury, DUI causing bodily injury and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to CHP.

Suspect Angel Castro, that man allegedly responsible for a DUI crash that killed a motorcyclist in Salinas Monday.

CHP said the murder charge was added due to Castro having a prior DUI charge.

His bail is set at $1,095,000.

The motorcyclist that was killed has been identified as Manuel Garcia, 66, the cause of death will be released after an autopsy is performed Wednesday said the Monterey County Coroner's Office.


UPDATE MARCH 21, 2022 at 5:55 p.m.-- Blanco Road between South Davis Street and West Alisal Street remains closed after a motorcyclist was hit and killed at around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

A tow truck remains on scenes, as well as the Salinas Fire Department.


Our reporter on the scene says eastbound traffic is blocked off on Blanco Road near West Alisal Street due to a deadly motorcycle crash.

According to CHP, a car traveling west on Blanco Road made a Uturn and hit a motorcyclist and drove off.

There were reports of the driver of the car maneuvering recklessly.

CHP said they were able to find the driver of the vehicle and detain them at a separate location.

This is an ongoing story and more details will be released as they become available.

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