The case against a man charged with manslaughter, drunken driving and hit-and-run after allegedly striking and killing a senior citizen with a car in Pasadena last year is moving forward after a judge this week ruled there was sufficient evidence to order the defendant to stand trial.
Alberto Fernandez, 21, of Victorville appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Monday, according to court records.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI and hit-and-run related to the Nov. 13, 2020 collision at Orange Grove Boulevard and North Marengo Avenue.
An arraignment hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7, records show.
The collision claimed the life of 64-year-old Bobby Joe Taylor, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials.
Taylor was described by authorities as a transient but known to frequent Pasadena.
Fernandez was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers in Monrovia for an unrelated traffic violation several hours later before he was quickly linked to the fatal hit-and-run, Pasadena police Lt. Sean Dawkins said at the time. Officers also determined he was drunk.
Bail for Fernandez has been set at $105,000 pending legal proceedings.
Anyone with information can reach the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.