Sacto 9-1-1
October 7, 2011
Driver pleads no contest in fatal 2009 Salmon Falls Road crash

The driver involved in an alleged street racing crash in El Dorado County in which his three passengers were killed has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter.

Mark Steven Barrerra, 22, of Rocklin today pleaded no contest in Placerville to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, said Joe Alexander, El Dorado County deputy district attorney.

Barrera was accused of participating in a form of street racing in November 2009, when he lost control of his friend's car and crashed into a tree on Salmon Falls Road.

Barrera was the only survivor. The passengers who died were Nan Hee Pak, 16, a sophomore at Rocklin High School; Elijah John Shaw, 18, a senior at Folsom High School; and Alex Weast, 20.

Alexander said El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner took the plea. Barrera is to be sentenced Nov. 4 by Judge Daniel B. Proud.

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