Folsom driver in fatal laughing-gas crash to stand trial

6:34 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) -- A Sacramento County judge has ordered a trial for a man accused of causing a fatal crash while driving under the influence of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

The Sacramento Bee reports Michael Dean Sharp, 22, of Folsom has been ordered to stand trial on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. He faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted.

Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall set the trial for July 26 during Tuesday's preliminary hearing.

Folsom police say Sharp bought 50 "whip-it" canisters of nitrous oxide and inhaled one before crashing into oncoming traffic on Jan. 7.

Police say Christopher Martell, 37, and his brother Robert, 32, both of Citrus Heights, were killed. A friend who was in their car was injured.

The Associated Press

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