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2nd person in Fresno crash dies

Jeri Lyn Perry, a passenger in an April traffic crash that killed a Clovis drug counselor, died Friday night, the Fresno County Coroner's office said. The exact cause of her death was not immediately available.

On April 16, the San Jose resident was visiting Kenneth Klein, a counselor for Madera County Behavioral Health Services and Kings View Community Services, said Rocki Ramsey, Klein's sister.

They were riding Klein's motorcycle east on McKinley Avenue near Blackstone Avenue when Jose Calderon rear-ended them shortly before 11 p.m., the Fresno Police Department said.

Calderon, 25, was speeding at the time. After hitting the motorcycle, he drove off and later abandoned his car, but officers were able to capture him later that night, police said.

Klein, 54, died of his injuries on April 19. Perry, 52, was critically injured in the accident.

Calderon was taken into custody Monday. He had been free on $61,000 bail, but prosecutors filed a criminal complaint after Klein's death. They accused Calderon of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The complaint also charges Calderon with two felony charges of drunken driving causing injury or death, and one felony count of hit and run. It alleges that he was driving with a blood-alcohol of .15 or greater, more than twice the legal limit.

At Calderon's arraignment Monday, Judge Jon Nick Kapetan increased the bail to $298,000. With Perry's death, the complaint against Calderon would be amended to include another felony count of vehicular manslaughter, police said.

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