The man charged in the 2017 collision that killed Pleasant Valley High School teacher and coach Brett Silva was held to answer on the charges during a preliminary hearing on May 23. 

Ramon Barrera Jr. of Arbuckle is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for the Jan. 22, 2017, collision that killed the Orland man. 

It was alleged that Barrera on the night of the accident was driving his Ford Fusion west on Highway 32 and was passing other vehicles when he hit the Toyota Camry driven by Silva. 

Silva, 53, died at the scene. His children, Ian, 14 at the time, and Isabella, then 16, suffered major injuries. Barrera also suffered major injuries. 

The California Highway Patrol received a report on Jan. 23 this year that the Glenn County District Attorney’s Office had an arrest warrant issued for Barrera, according to archives. Willows and Williams area CHP officers responded to Arbuckle, where Barrera was located and he was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into Glenn County Jail. 

Barrera is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence – he pleaded not guilty on Jan. 25. 

District Attorney Dwayne Stewart said during the hearing, they had to show that there’s sufficient evidence to show that the defendant likely committed the crime and it was decided that Barrera would be held to answer on all charges, including the death of Silva. 

There will be an arraignment on the information at Glenn County Superior Court on June 14 at 10 a.m.

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