A Sacramento County man charged with murder in the hit-and-run crash that killed four members of a UC Berkeley baseball player's family pleaded not guilty Thursday to enhancements that would have extended any potential sentence, but the defense delayed entering pleas on the murder charges pending further review of evidence.
Fred Lowe, 47, of Carmichael, is charged with four counts of murder from the Nov. 25 crash on westbound Interstate 80 at San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo that injured UC Berkeley baseball player Jared Horn and killed his father, brother, uncle and cousin.
Lowe also faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury within 10 years of two other driving under the influence offenses.
The crash injured six people. Lowe collided with four cars and then fled the scene, but he was later apprehended and jailed on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. Horn, a sophomore at UC Berkeley, was treated in a hospital for injuries and later released to his home in Napa.
The collision killed Jared Horn's father, Daryl Horn, 50, and his brother, Joseph Horn, 14, both of Napa, along with Daryl Horn's brother-in-law, Troy Biddle, 52, and Biddle's 12-year-old son, Baden, both of Bainbridge Island, Wash.
The family was driving home after playing in a father-son basketball tournament.
Lowe was calm in his court appearance Thursday, where he agreed to delay his next court date until Jan. 18. No members of the Horn family were present, but four men who said they were family friends sat in the courtroom and silently watched the proceedings.
In a statement, the Horn and Biddle families said they have "complete faith that the legal system will run its course and justice will be served."
At Lowe's previous court appearance on Dec. 1, deputy district attorney Derek Butts said that Lowe had been convicted of DUI offenses in 2011 and 2012. His license had also been suspended as of 2011 and had been suspended on four other occasions.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Lowe's license was revoked in 1999.
Butts said on Dec. 1 that he filed murder charges because of what he called "implied malice" evident from Lowe's decision to drive while impaired despite his prior convictions.