MARTINEZ, Calif. (KTVU) - A Sacramento man has been charged with murder after two brothers-in-law and their two young sons were killed over the Thanksgiving weekend on Interstate 80 near San Pablo as the four were returning from a father-son basketball tournament.
Fred Lowe appeared in court Thursday, but did not enter a plea.
Lowe is also charged with driving under the influence in the Saturday night quadruple fatal – something he has been convicted of twice before, court charges indicate. He was also charged with fleeing the scene of the accident.
Lowe has declined a request to be interviewed by KTVU. He is being held on $1.5 million bail at the jail in Martinez.
Authorities say that he caused a five-car pileup on I-80 in his Mercedes sedan, which claimed the life of a well-respected Napa family members and their family who was visiting for the holiday weekend. Killed in the crash were: Daryl Horn, 50, and his 14-year-old son Joseph, both of Napa, along with Horn’s brother-in-law,Troy Biddle, 52, and his 12-year-old son, Baden Biddle, both of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Horn’s elder son, 19-year-old Jared Horn was driving the Toyota that night, and was the only one in the car to survive the crash. The teen is a sophomore at UC Berkeley and a pitcher for Cal.
The Horn-Biddle family hasn’t given public interviews yet, but in a statement, said that the two fathers and two sons had been playing basketball together at an annual tournament and spent their “last day doing what they loved.”