Man charged with Salmon Falls Road deaths could change plea

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A Rocklin man is expected to change his plea Friday in a case connected to the deaths of three youth in a car crash November 2009. Mark Steven Barrera is scheduled for a court proceeding at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Dept. 2 of the Placerville courthouse, according to Joe Alexander, the El Dorado County prosecutor on the case. Barrera is charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence connected to the deaths of passengers Nan Hee Pak, a 16-year-old junior at Rocklin High School, Citrus Heights resident Alex Weast, 20, and Ellijah, “E.J.” Shaw, 18, a senior at Folsom High School, in a crash on Salmon Falls Road near Pilot Hill. Barrera was driving and allegedly lost control on a sharp curve, slamming into an oak tree. In July 2010 the California Highway Patrol Placerville Office said street racing was a factor in the crash. Alexander said Barrera is expected to change his not guilty plea, but if he does not do so, his trial scheduled for Oct. 11 would go forward. ~Bridget Jones