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Suspect's bail increased in fatal Fresno DUI

A suspected drunken driver was taken into custody Monday after a Fresno County Superior Court judge increased his bail in connection with the traffic death last month of a drug counselor.

Jose Calderon, 25, had been free on $61,000 bail, but prosecutors filed a criminal complaint after Kenneth Klein died three days after the April 16 collision in central Fresno.

At Calderon's arraignment Monday, Judge Jon Nick Kapetan upped the bail to $298,000 after prosecutors accused Calderon of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The criminal complaint also charges Calderon with two felony charges of drunken driving causing injury or death, and one felony count of hit and run. It also alleges that he was driving with a blood-alcohol of .15 or greater, more than twice the legal limit.

If convicted, he faces nearly 20 years in prison.

Calderon was speeding east on McKinley Avenue when he rear-ended Klein's motorcycle near Blackstone Avenue shortly before 11 p.m., said detective Jason Musser of the Fresno police Collision Reconstruction Unit.

Calderon then drove off and later abandoned his car, but officers were able to capture him later that night, Musser said.

Klein, 54, of Clovis, died of his injuries on April 19. Jeri Lyn Perry, a passenger on the motorcycle, was critically injured, Musser said.

On Monday, Klein's stepmother, Lou Anna Klein, and his sister, Rocki Ramsey, tried to make sense of the collision, saying Klein had devoted his life to helping people with substance-abuse problems.

"There's so much hurt, so much pain, sometimes it's hard to breathe," Ramsey said.

Klein was a counselor for Madera County Behavioral Health Services and Kings View Community Services, his relatives said.

Two hours before the collision, he was helping people in a DUI program, they said.

Perry, of San Jose, was visiting Klein. She has a son who will be graduating from high school next month, Ramsey said.

"There's a lot of victims here," she said.

The complaint against Calderon will be amended to include another felony count of vehicular manslaughter if Perry dies, police said.

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