Suspect in Lodi Car Crash Arraigned

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Days after being released from the hospital 28-year-old Ryan Morales appeared in a San Joaquin county courtroom in a red jumpsuit and a wheelchair.

Lodi police say Morales caused a crash that killed six people and left a nine-year-old boy, Eden Miranda, orphaned in October.

Judge Stephen Demetrius read Morales his charges which included six counts of murder and six counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence.

Morales requested a court appointed attorney.

The attorney asked the arraignment be postponed for a month because he was unfamiliar with the case.

The judge said Morales was to appear in court next Monday at 9 a.m.

“He is very depressed. We are very depressed for everything that has happened to him and that whole family,” said Ryan’s aunt Cheryl Morales.

Court documents showed Morales had a blood alcohol content two and a half times the legal limit and had been driving 100 miles per hour at impact.

“Everybody makes mistakes. He is loving he is caring and he will help anybody,” said Ryan’s uncle who did not want to give his name.

While Ryan’s family says he is sorry, it will not do much for Eden Miranda who now has to live without parents.

Miranda’s Family says the boy is home and recovering from head injuries and broken legs since, but is expected to be okay.

“We wish this did not happen and the loss of that family. There is no getting him back,” said Cheryl Morales.

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