Man accused of killing Gilbert teen pleads not guilty

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GILBERT -- A man accused of killing a high school student in a Mesa traffic collision pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Manslaughter charges

Mesa police believe 32-year-old Manuel Contreras-Galdean turned in front of a vehicle carrying 16-year-old Kelly Tracy and her older brother while the pair traveled to a Nov. 17 band performance at the Gilbert Days Parade.

Tracy died later at a hospital after the crash and brother, Matthew, was injured. Both teens attended Highland High School and played for the school's marching band.

Contreras-Galdean has since been placed on immigration hold, and Mesa police believe he may have been drunk during the crash.

During his arrest, he told police that he has been in the country illegally for 14 years.

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Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune