SAN JOSE -- An 18-year-old man left the hospital and was taken straight to jail in connection with a high-speed DUI crash in South San Jose that killed his passenger, in a sequence that began with beer being shoplifted from a nearby minimart, police said.

Martin Alejandro Acosta-Alvarado, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and both misdemeanor and felony DUI following the Monday morning crime that ended with the death of 40-year-old Henry Olmedo, also a San Jose resident.

According to police, just before 2 a.m. the pair was seen stealing beer from a 7-Eleven at Pearl Avenue and Branham Lane and then seen speeding along Pearl toward the Capitol Auto Mall. Acosta-Alvarado, who was driving, tried to turn left at Hillsdale Avenue and lost control, hitting a parked car and sparking a chain-reaction that involved four other parked vehicles, police said.

Olmedo was pinned inside the Toyota Avalon he was riding in and died at the scene, according to reports. Police reported finding several beer cans in the car.

Acosta-Alvarado was hospitalized after the crash and released Tuesday, when he was immediately taken into custody at the Santa Clara County jail, where he is being held on $130,000 bail.


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Anyone with information about the case can contact Detective Verissa Sadsad at 408-277-4654 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or at svcrimestoppers.org.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.