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Accused DUI driver in court on other charges

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man accused of a deadly hit and run appeared in court Thursday, but was yet to be charged in the case.

As of Wednesday, the case against 31-year-old Vista resident Grant Thoren remains under review, said Tanya Sierra of the District Attorney's Office.

A judge, however, revoked probation for Thoren, who is accused of being on drugs and causing the crash the killed a two-year-old and her grandmother.

Thoren was arrested at his home a few hours after he allegedly fled the scene early Saturday after rear-ending a car driven by Jasmine Magat. He remains in custody without bail for alleged probation violations, according to the Sheriff's jail website.

Magat's 2-year-old daughter, Keira, and the child's grandmother, 64-year- old Lina Pelembergo Nebrida, were killed when their disabled Honda was hit by a Toyota Tacoma truck at 1:50 a.m. on southbound Interstate 15 near Scripps Poway Parkway, authorities said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Thoren's Cadillac CTS struck Magat's sedan from behind, and the truck hit the Honda before help could arrive.

Magat and another child, a 5-year-old daughter, were seriously injured but survived the accident.

Court records show Thoren's drivers license was suspended after he was convicted of two DUIs. After he got his license back, he was arrested five more times for misdemeanor drug offenses including being under the influence of heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs.

Since those arrests did not involve driving a vehicle his license was not taken away and in March 2016 he was sentenced to probation and drug court.

Terri Peters is Thoren's lawyer for previous proceedings, not the fatal crash. According to Peters, Thoren was highly motivated and an ideal participant in a drug court intensive program.

At the time of the crash, Thoren was living a a sober living facility - the place authorities found him and gave him a sobriety test.

Thoren is scheduled to be back in court in October.

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