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Ca. Coast Guard driver faces trial for fatal wreck

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Trial is set to begin for the driver of a Coast Guard vessel that slammed into a pleasure boat in San Diego and killed an 8-year-old boy.
Opening statements are expected Monday in the court-martial of Petty Officer Paul Ramos. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated assault, hazarding a vessel and dereliction of duty. The most serious charge - involuntary manslaughter - carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in the brig.
A jury of seven Coast Guard members is scheduled to hear evidence in Alameda for three weeks.
Ramos was responding to a report of a boat stuck in mud when he took off into crowded San Diego Bay on Dec. 20, 2009 at the annual "Parade of Lights" boat festival.


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