SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of driving drunk to work when he allegedly struck and killed a co-worker and friend as the victim stood next to a parked car in Mira Mesa pleaded not guilty Friday to four charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury.
Matias Escobar Aguilar, 26, was arrested immediately after the fatality occurred Wednesday morning, according to San Diego police.
The victim, 28-year-old Efrain Gonzales, was standing next to a car in the 10900 block of Sunny Meadow Street when he was hit at about 6:45 a.m. by Aguilar's westbound 1993 Ford Ranger. Gonzales died at the scene.
Deputy District Attorney Cherie Somerville said Aguilar's blood-alcohol level was .18 percent at the time of the incident, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
Aguilar -- who has an immigration hold -- had his bail set at $100,000.
He also is charged with a felony count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher causing injury and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.
Aguilar faces 10 years in prison if convicted. He will be back in court Aug. 27 for a readiness conference and Aug. 29 for a preliminary hearing.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.