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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Crash Into Outdoor Dining Area in San Jose

The incident was reported at Agave Sports Bar at around 9:30 p.m.

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A driver in San Jose crashed into an outdoor dining area Friday night, leaving one dead and two injured, police said.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified and arrested by the San Jose Police Department as Alex Moreno.

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Alex Moreno, 32, was identified as the suspect in a fatal crash into an outdoor dining area in San Jose. (June 11, 2021)

Police responded to the incident at Agave Sports Bar at around 9 p.m. where three people, two men and one woman, were injured. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital and the two men suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The bar owner told told NBC Bay Area off-camera that Moreno was a customer who had dinner and drinks with a woman and then they both left at about 8:30 p.m. Friday. They reportedly sat in the man’s truck for about a half hour.

About an hour later, the pickup truck shifted into reverse and rolled right into the seating area, police said.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area that the incident just happened all of the sudden as they enjoyed dinner and drinks outside the bar.

One of the witnesses, Susan Lisazaro told NBC Bay Area that she was just three feet from the truck when a friend pulled her out of the way as Moreno's pickup truck rolled in reverse towards everyone seated outside.

The bar owner told NBC Bay Area off-camera that Moreno seemed fine when he left the bar and there were no problems with him inside prior to the incident.

Repairs to the fencing were completed by late Saturday morning and by Saturday afternoon, workers were back getting ready to reopen.

Moreno, 32, was believed to be impaired at the time of the crash. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office said it probably will not release the victim’s name until Monday.

This is San Jose's 24th fatal collision.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective O'Brien #3527 of the San José Police Department's Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or click the "Submit a Tip" on the link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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