More details of fatal crash released; CHP report says driver, friends allegedly had been on drinking binge

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Greg Welter

Chico Enterprise Record

The California Highway Patrol has released more details about an alleged drunken driving crash early Friday morning, June 17 in which the Chico driver reportedly killed two of his friends, including a Eureka man, and injured a third in Avila Beach.

Evan A. Green, 21, was being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail without bail following his arrest. He may face two counts of second-degree homicide.

The CHP said Wednesday that Green and the three friends allegedly met at his family’s vacation home in Avila Beach June 15, and drank together that night.

They started drinking again the next day, reportedly going to Woodstock’s Pizza in San Luis Obispo about 7 p.m.

The CHP said security video showed them ordering two pitchers of beer. At about 9 p.m. they went down the street to Mothers Tavern, and after consuming some beers and shots, went to another bar called The Library.

While there, Marcus Nelson, 21, of Castro Valley, one of the victims killed in the crash, reportedly vomited into a beer glass and was taken out of the building by bouncers.

Green then attempted to drive the men back to Avila Beach, but he lost control of his 2004 Saturn Vue on a curve on Avila Beach Drive about 12:10 a.m.

The vehicle flipped over several times and came to rest on its hood near a golf course.

Green told the CHP he was going 45 mph, but another witness said he was going much faster and a little more than freeway speed.

When the CHP arrived at the scene Green was out of the wrecked car.

He reportedly told them he was hurt, but asked them to turn their attention to the passengers, still in the car.

He allegedly told officers he was the designated driver and wasn’t intoxicated.

Passengers Aaron Beaver, 21, of Eureka, and Nelson were killed. Jacob Zimmer, 21, of Castro Valley, suffered major injuries.

The CHP said Green’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

Records show Green has a Chico State University email account, and officials believe he is or recently was a student at the college.

The CHP said Green hasn’t possessed a valid driver’s license since 2009.

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