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Preliminary hearing for Navy man accused of deadly hit-and-run

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VISTA (CNS) - A Navy man accused in a 2014 collision that killed a bicyclist in Oceanside must stand trial on felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor
vehicular manslaughter charges, a judge ruled Tuesday. 
   
Christopher Jerry Noah, 24, faces four years in prison if convicted of charges stemming from the Sept. 21, 2014, collision that killed 28-year-old
Philip White on North River Road near Baker Street.
   
Oceanside police Officer Eric Anderson testified during a daylong preliminary hearing that Noah called Oceanside police dispatch hours after the
1:30 a.m. collision, saying he wanted to talk.
   
Anderson testified that he went to Noah's San Diego apartment, where the defendant told him he hit something as he left a friend's apartment.
   
Noah told the officer that after the collision, he got out of his car, thinking he had hit a light pole, but didn't see anything, so he drove home, according to Anderson.
   
The officer said Noah's Kia Soul had front-end damage and was missing a headlight.
   
"It definitely had collision damage,'' the officer testified.
   
Anderson testified there was debris in the roadway and bicycle tire marks in the bicycle lane. The officer said White's bicycle was located 100 feet from where his body came to rest on the sidewalk.
   
The officer said the victim's roommate told him that White liked to ride his bicycle at night.
   
Noah was arrested at Camp Pendleton nearly a year later.
   
The defendant -- out of custody on $50,000 bail -- will be back in court June 28 for a readiness conference. Trial was set for July 25.

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