Police say the 18-year-old and another driver, 23-year-old Manuel Anthony Maldonado-Avalos, held a street race last month on Yerba Buena Road in San Jose.
At least one of the cars careened onto the sidewalk, striking and killing 24-year-old Kiran Pabla, who was jogging near her home.
Prosecutors claim the drivers were going 75 miles per hour.
The defense says a witness claims sparse appeared to be going the speed limit.
Maldonado-Avalos, returns to court next month.