Family of Brothers Killed in Wreck Need Help

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A memorial service and trust fund have been set-up for two brothers killed in a tragic wreck in Chula Vista.

Authorities arrested Enrique Coronado, 31, following the crash around 11:30 p.m. November 22. Three brothers were in a Mitsubishi Galant when a GMC pickup slammed into them on Main Street and Brandywine Avenue, officials said.  The crash killed Daniel Spickerman, 18, of Chula Vista.  His brother Jason, 16, was declared brain dead.  A third brother survived. Rescue crews had to pry the boys out from the wreckage.

Officials said Coronado ran from the crash but returned one hour later for his wallet and was arrested. Coronado pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter, suspicion of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

A memorial service for the brothers will held in Bonita Friday December 5 at 12:00 p.m. at Glen Abbey Memorial Park on Bonita Road. A trust fund to help with costs has been set up at Washington Mutual Bank under the name "Spickerman Brothers".

The organs of the 16-year-old victim were removed for donation at his foster parents' request, according to a published report.  The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Jason Spickerman's organs were given to six people including a baby.

Prosecutors said Coronado has one-strike against him -- a robbery conviction.  He has also been convicted of selling marijuana and was arrested for immigrant smuggling.  The defense attorney said all of those charges are more than eight years old.

The judge ordered Coronado held on $1 million.

According to the prosecution, Coronado had been drinking in Tijuana that night.  They also alleged he was drinking while in line waiting to enter the border crossing.  Authorities said he had a 1.5 blood alcohol level when he was arrested. 

His preliminary hearing was set for February.

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