Bail lowered for driver in alleged street-racing death

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A judge reduced bail Tuesday for an Antioch teenager charged in a fatal street-racing accident, even as prosecutors filed a new charge of aggravated DUI.

Prosecutors say new tests show 17-year-old Jeremy Betancourt had marijuana in his system when the car he was driving last month rolled over, killing one of the passengers, 16-year-old Cynthia Perez.

Police say Betancourt was racing another car at the time.

Perez’ boyfriend, Gio Bustos, was in Betancourt’s car as well.

He says Perez unbuckled her seat belt and asked to be let out of the car, but Betancourt refused.

In arguing for a reduced bail Tuesday, Betancourt’s attorney said his client is still very young and now burdened with guilt.

The judge reduced his bail from $250,000 to $100,000.


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