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DA files murder charges against man who caused I-15 fatal crash


Last updated 6/6/2019 at 5:19pm

Riverside County District Attorney's Office

Javier Caldera is seen during his arraignment on Thursday, June 6 in Murrieta. Caldera was charged by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office with the murder of Janet Genoa of Murrieta in a Tuesday, June 4 crash he caused on Interstate 15 in Temecula.

MURRIETA - The Riverside County District Attorney's office announced on Thursday, June 6 that second-degree murder charges were filed against 25-year-old Javier Caldera, of Auburn, Washington, for the death of Janet Genao, 44, of Murrieta in a six-car crash that happened the morning of Tuesday, June 4.

Caldera was charged with other counts, including driving under the influence of a drug with sentencing enhancements of causing great bodily injury.

Caldera, who's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Center in Banning, made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. A judge granted the defense's request to reschedule Caldera's arraignment for June 18.

Deputy District Attorney Allison Pace of the Vehicular Homicide Team will prosecute case.

"If convicted as currently charged, Caldera faces a potential life sentence," according to John Hall, Public Information Officer for the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

The fatal crash happened about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 between Rancho California Road and Temecula Parkway.

According to Hall, Caldera was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado southbound at high speed, believed to be in excess of 100 miles per hour based on witness statements when his vehicle slammed into the back of a Nissan Altima driven by Genao. Several other vehicles were also then involved in the chain-reaction crash including a Chevy S-10 pickup that careened off the freeway and hit the wall of a parking garage at Temecula City Hall.

The drivers of three other vehicles involved in the crash were injured and transported to Inland Valley Medical Center with varying degrees of severity.

According to Hall, Caldera has previous convictions in Washington state including driving under the influence and felony attempt to elude.

The investigation is continuing in this case and no further information is being released at this time.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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