On Thursday the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office charged a Walnut Creek man with two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for the death of a Danville Mother and her daughter last fall. John Peder Harris, 32, of Walnut Creek, was arrested Friday by city police conducting a routine operation where they track down residents with arrest warrants. Harris was expected to turn himself in on Monday, but posted bail after his arrest on Friday, and is not scheduled for a court appearance until March.

The crash occured at 4:18 p.m. Monday, November 7. Harris' pick-up truck was heading westbound on Sycamore Valley Road when it collided with an SUV traveling southbound on Brookside Dr. The SUV struck the driver's side, killing the driver, Elham Pirdavari, 51, of Danville. Pirdavari's 72-year-old mother, Danville resident Mahim Dokht, was a passenger in the car and was critically injured in the crash. She later died.

Danville police say Harris ran a red light and broadsided the SUV. Chief Steve Simpkins said in a statement that Harris has an undisclosed medical condition that made his driving a "negligent decision."

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(Sources: Mercury News, Danville Express)

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