Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to Fatal DUI Crash
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The driver accused of causing a fatal crash near Desert Center while under the influence has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The driver, 19-year-old Austin Ellington of Anza, was charged with felony DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving causing injury.  

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Ellington was driving a Dodge Ram east on State Route 62 when he drifted into the westbound lane. He then crashed head-on into another Dodge Ram. The driver, 57-year-old David Chance, died at the scene. Ellington’s passenger, 20-year-old Mariah Garcia, also died at the scene. Ellington and one other passenger were airlifted to the hospital with major injuries.

Ellington is currently out of custody on bail. He will return to court September 24th for a felony settlement conference.

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