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The Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against a Hayward man in connection with a September 2019 vehicle accident on Highway 4 outside of Angels Camp that left one person dead.

Matthew Steele, 43, was booked into Calaveras County Jail Thursday on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor illegal possession of an assault weapon against Dan Tzur, 60, of Menlo Park.

Tzur died on Sept. 29 last year when a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro collided with his 2002 Ford Mustang as he was leaving a private driveway onto Highway 4 west of Stockton Road.

The California Highway Patrol office in San Andreas released an update Friday stating it determined Steele was driving the Camaro in a reckless manner and caused the collision after a lengthy investigation involving the CHP Valley Division Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

An incident report released by the CHP shortly after the crash stated that Tzur was driving southbound in the driveway about 2:55 p.m. Sept. 29 and preparing to make a left turn into the eastbound lane of Highway 4 before he entered the roadway directly into the path of the westbound Camaro that was traveling at an unknown speed

The front of the Camaro crashed into the left side of the Mustang and sent it spinning into the eastbound lane before it came to a rest on the south side of the highway. 

Tzur, who was the sole occupant of the Mustang, died at the scene.

Steele, who was driving the Camaro, suffered major injuries and his passenger, Kristina Steele, 40, of Hayward, suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Modesto Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were believed to be a factor in the crash, which the CHP said was still under investigation at the time that the initial incident report was released.

Calaveras County Jail officials said that Matthew Steele was no longer in custody as of Friday afternoon, though they declined to provide any other details.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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