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October 28, 2016: Manslaughter Charge Filed in Chatsworth Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Two Brothers

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 21-year-old man was charged today in the Chatsworth hit-and-run crash that killed two brothers, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dylan Shane Rutherford (dob 3/3/95) of Simi Valley faces two felony counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Arraignment in case PA087462 is scheduled today in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.

On Oct. 7, Rutherford is alleged to have been driving a pickup truck under the influence when he ran through a red light on De Soto Avenue and Chatsworth Street, hitting a second truck which overturned and caught fire, prosecutors said. The victims in that truck, Hector, 44, and Ernesto Castro, 42, were both killed in the crash, prosecutors added.

Rutherford faces a possible maximum sentence of 19 years in state prison if convicted as charged.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Traffic Division.