The man charged in the 2017 collision that killed Pleasant Valley High School teacher and coach Brett Silva is scheduled to appear in court this week. 

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. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled at Glenn County Superior Court for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and will continue through Friday if needed.

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