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Preliminary hearing for deadly hit-and-run driver

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing was scheduled Wednesday for a young man accused of causing a fiery hit-and-run crash that killed another young man in Escondido.

Juan Carlos Carrillo is charged with felony hit-and-run causing death in the July 3 death of Miguel Angel Rojas, 18. The defendant was arrested later the same day by Escondido police.

Police said the crash occurred about 2:15 a.m., when Carrillo's eastbound 1995 Lexus ES300 collided with a Dodge Caravan at Washington Avenue and Elmwood Drive.

Carrillo and two passengers ran from the crash site, leaving the wrecked Lexus behind, according to police.

The minivan was engulfed in flames immediately after the crash. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said Rojas died from smoke inhalation and burns. He was declared dead at the scene.

Carrillo was arrested about 5:30 p.m. the same day.

Wednesday's hearing will determine whether there's enough evidence to order Carrillo to stand trial. If tried and convicted, he faces four years in prison.

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