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Motorcycle Crash Ends The Life of a U.S. Marine

On Thursday prosecutors charged a man with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run for the fatal motorcycle crash that ended the life of a U.S. Marine.

The driver in the accident, Alexander Yohn is only twenty-three years old. The authorities first arrested him on the suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Alexander’s occupation is an EMT. Alexander is scheduled to appear at the Fremont Hall of Justice to be arraigned on the new charges. Additional charges could be added depending on his toxicology report.

The Police say that Alexander slammed his mini cooper into a motorcycle. The motorcycle was drive by Lance Cpl. Andrew Silva. Silva was also twenty-three years old. Andrew was a Union City resident who had just came home from his duty overseas. Andrew was married and also had a two year old son.

At around one, ten in the morning a local Taco Bell employee called the police to report a drive-thru customer who seemed to be under the influence. The description of the customer’s vehicle was described as a light blue mini cooper car.

The chase started when one of the officers were driving south on Fremont Boulevard and saw the mini coop driving at a high speed in the opposite direction. The officer immediately made a U-turn and tried to initiate a traffic stop, however the driver would not stop and continued north.

That is when the Mini Cooper hit the motorcycle. After that the mini coop slammed into a utility pole and fence then burst into flames. The officers report that Silva was thrown from his bike. The bike ended up in the Fremont Bank parking lot. Silva was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

A close, lifelong friend of the Silva family stated that his son had served with Silva and they had just made it home from Afghanistan in February.

Alexander tried to run to a nearby field but he was caught by the police officers before he could get away. Police say that after he was arrested he admitted that he was a heroin and alcohol addict. His bond is $150,000.

Source for the Marine Fatal Crash:

https://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25434402/prosecutors-charge-emeryville-man-fatal-fremont-crash-that

Daniel A. Gibalevich

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