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Nevada County authorities charge Albert Silva with murder, vehicular homicide

Quincy Silva, the 2-year-old child killed in a Monday wreck, is described by family friends as a smart child who already had mastered an iPad.

BJ McCullough, who's known Quincy's mother over a decade, called him a sweet child she never heard cry. He'd grow calm as soon as someone began to comfort him.

"He knew how to operate the iPad, which was creepy and weird," said McCullough, who was present for Quincy's birth. "He was a smart little boy."

Patricia Gerula, McCullough's mother, said she considered Quincy her grandson. She's known his mother since she was a child.

"He's so sweet," Gerula added. "He was just starting to talk pretty good. He was just a joy to be around."

Gerula said she remembered recently spotting a packet of M&M's in her garage. Quincy had been taking the candy from her home and carrying it away.

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"It's still got his little fingerprints on it," she said of the candy packet. "He was just being a typical 2 year old."

Charges filed in crash

Authorities say Quincy died after a late Monday wreck on Highway 20, near Harmony Ridge Road. Albert J. Silva, 38, of Grass Valley, was driving west when he allowed his 2007 Ford Focus to leave the road. He tried to correct and lost control of the vehicle. It overturned several times and Quincy was ejected from the car.

The California Highway Patrol said alcohol intoxication was a factor in the crash.

First-responders took Silva to a hospital, where he was treated before being booked late Tuesday into the Nevada County Jail, authorities said.

Held without bond, Silva faces charges of first-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, child cruelty, DUI and a probation violation, records state.

According to Nevada County Superior Court records, Silva in May 2014 pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors — DUI and evading an officer. He was sentenced to 240 days in jail, and given five years' probation. He also had to pay a $2,318.50 fine.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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