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.
A young father detained by immigration officials and facing deportation was freed Friday, and a protest planned for Fallbrook Saturday will instead be turned into a celebration, community leaders said.
Civil rights leader John Lewis led a march through Comic-Con on Saturday. About 1,000 people joined the Georgia Democrat on a march through the crowded San Diego Convention Center following a panel discussion of about his trilogy of graphic novels, "March."
Politicians will join celebrities at Comic-Con International Saturday in San Diego as the annual celebration of the popular arts enters its third day at the convention center.
Pop Culture Hero Coalition created the first-ever outreach against bullying at a Comic-Con in 2013, and has since participated in over 30 conventions. The group is hosting an anti-bullying panel at Comic-Con Day 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 28DE.
Extortion and other charges were filed against 19 people, mostly gang members, following a three-year investigation into the Mexican Mafia prison gang, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office announced Saturday.
It'll be mostly sunny in most of San Diego County Friday after the morning clouds and fog clear along the coast and in the valleys.
Fresh off setting record ratings in its seventh season premiere last weekend, HBO Friday thrilled "Game of Thrones" fans at Comic- Con International at the San Diego Convention Center with a 60-second trailer for upcoming episodes.