Man enters insanity plea for notorious 2019 Sunnyvale crash

SAN JOSE — The man charged with running over a group of pedestrians at a Sunnyvale intersection two years ago has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, triggering a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation his attorney says will prove that mental illness and PTSD factored into the collision that injured several people, including a young girl who was in a lengthy coma.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 36, formally entered the plea last week in a San Jose courtroom and remains in Santa Clara County jail custody without bail.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, the man charged with eight counts of attempted murder after he drove his car into a crowded intersection in Sunnyvale

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