Truck driver in fatal Mollie Stone's crash to stand trial in February 

A 44-year-old truck driver will stand trial in February on charges of vehicular manslaughter for the 2008 crash that killed a 9-year-old boy
outside a Mollie Stone's grocery store in San Mateo.

Carlos Siordia faces one year in county jail if convicted of the misdemeanor vehicle manslaughter charge in connection with the devastating crash that left Tyler Fahy dead and seriously injured his mother, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Siordia's Feb. 22 trial date was confirmed Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court, Wagstaffe said. Siordia is out of custody in
lieu of a $25,000 bail bond.

The crash happened while Siordia was driving a construction truck that plowed through the intersection of Olympic and 43rd avenues in San Mateo and struck a sport utility vehicle around 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2008.

Both vehicles then traveled into the Mollie Stone's parking lot and hit seven other cars and a pedestrian.

Tyler, a passenger in the SUV, died at the scene. His mother and two other women were injured.

The crash, which produced a scene one police lieutenant compared to a war zone, overwhelmed the community. A memorial was set up after the crash in front of a tree at the edge of the Mollie Stone's parking lot, where Tyler's friends and family left flowers, balloons and pictures of the boy.

Siordia was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in December 2008. He turned himself in to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office after a $25,000 arrest warrant was issued, and then posted bail on Dec. 24, 2008.

Siordia reportedly told police after the crash that he pumped the brakes in an attempt to stop the vehicle but that the brakes didn't work.

The district attorney's office had the truck inspected by several experts, who concluded that both the brakes and the emergency brake were operable at the time of the crash, Wagstaffe said.

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