Tracy charged with manslaughter and drunk driving in fatal crash in Newark


OAKLAND – A man from Tracy faces charges of impaired driving and manslaughter while driving a vehicle after being identified as the driver of a BMW that struck a motorcycle in September 2020, killing one person and seriously injuring another, according to court records.

Brent Collom, 46, has been charged with manslaughter, impaired driving causing injury and legally impaired driving. Last week, a judge set a preliminary hearing in March 2022 for Collom, during which a magistrate will review the evidence and determine whether it is sufficient to maintain the charges.

Collom is accused of killing Michael D. Thomas, 40, of Palo Alto, and seriously injuring a woman who was on the motorcycle. The accident happened on September 13, 2020 on Highway 84 in Newark, near the Thornton Avenue exit, police said.

The two vehicles were heading east when the BMW struck the Kawasaki motorcycle with such force that responding officers said it appeared to be “embedded” in the hood of the BMW, a probable cause statement said by a California Highway Patrol investigator. Collom reportedly admitted to drinking before the crash and taking a blood alcohol test, which showed he was legally drunk, police said.

Collom has pleaded not guilty and is not in custody while charges are pending.


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