SAN DIEGO-- A hearing is underway to determine if there is enough evidence to send a man to trial for causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence.
Police say on November 28, 2017, Toribio Martinez Sanchez was headed west on Coronado Avenue in Egger Highlands in a Dodge Durango SUV when he made a left-hand turn at Thermal Avenue, crossing directly in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. The 24-year-old motocyclist was thrown into the road and hit by a Nissan Altima, investigators said. He died at the scene.
A San Diego police traffic detective was one of six expert witnesses who testified in today's preliminary hearing. He spoke about how Sanchez failed to yield the night of the crash.
"There were several back and forth phone calls outgoing on Mr. Sanchez’s phone and then several incoming calls on the phone and then later on there was one text message," said San Diego Police Traffic Detective Michael Gottfried.
Sanchez remains in county jail on suspicion of DUI causing death and gross vehicular manslaughter. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Family members of the victim, Alex Corona, tell FOX 5 the evidence was difficult to look at and listen to. They did not want to speak on camera but say they want justice for Alex.
Sanchez's preliminary hearing will continue Tuesday.