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Driver in fatal wreck faces 18 felony charges

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The Sonoma County District Attorney Friday filed 18 felony charges against the 25-year-old San Francisco motorist who was at the wheel of a car in a fatal wreck on Highway 121 on Oct. 29.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch said Damodar Chandradas has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and with gross negligence; driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and causing great bodily injury and or death; possession for sale and transportation of methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA; felon in possession of a loaded firearm; and various great bodily injury enhancements, including causing paralysis, gun charges, and driving on a suspended license, as well as allegations that he committed these felonies while on probation for a felony.

“My office has worked tirelessly in conjunction with the Napa CHP to gather the evidence necessary to bring these charges and place this man in custody,” Ravitch said.

One person was killed in the wreck and two others suffered major injuries.

Ravitch said it is alleged that while defendant was driving on a suspended license, he passed on a blind curve at an excessive speed, lost control of his car and swerved into oncoming traffic, which caused the victims’ vehicle to collide with the defendant’s.

“Sergei Beoglozan, the defendant’s passenger, died at scene of blunt force trauma,” Ravitch said. “The male driver of the victim vehicle suffered broken legs and his 5-year-old daughter, who was in a car seat, suffered a spinal cord injury.

In Chandradas’ vehicle, officers found cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and a loaded semi-automatic long-rifle which contained 53 live rounds of ammunition.”

Ravitch said Chandradas has prior felony convictions and has been convicted of driving on a suspended license on three prior occasions, which are alleged on the criminal complaint. He is housed at MADF and bail will be set at over $1 million. In addition, he has a no bail probation violation hold in place out of San Francisco County.