Prosecutor: Driver in Midway District double fatality was unlicensed and driving drunk

A man accused of driving drunk and without a license when his pickup truck crashed into a van at a Midway-area intersection, killing two people, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to manslaughter charges guilty with vehicle while intoxicated.

Edgar Jesus Suarez, 33, is charged with the deaths of Ahmed Alrawi, 23, and his grandmother, Suad Alsamarai, 81. Both resided in El Cajon.

Two other people in the victims’ vehicle, a 21-year-old driver and a 46-year-old passenger, were also seriously injured.

Assistant District Attorney Cally Bright said Suarez faces nearly 15 years in state prison if convicted of all charges by San Diego Superior Court.

Suarez was driving between 70 and 80 mph at the time of the accident and had a blood alcohol level of 0.16% three hours after the crash, Brightsaid said.

The prosecutor also said Suarez never had a driver’s license and had previous convictions for driving without a license.

According to San Diego Police Sgt. Victoria Houseman, Suarez was speeding down Sports Arena Boulevard around 9 p.m. Saturday when her truck hit a raised median at Rosecrans Street.

His truck then rammed the victims’ 2015 Toyota Sienna, which was stopped at a red light. Houseman said. Alrawi and Alsamarai died at the scene.

Suarez was hospitalized with serious injuries, but was released from the hospital on Monday and jailed in the county jail. He remains being held without bail.

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