- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - A man accused of driving under the influence of drugs, then striking and killing a Caltrans contract worker on a Southern California freeway has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1UWTTpU ) 31-year-old Reginald Grigsby Jr. appeared in court Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs in connection to Monday’s accident.

Authorities say Grigsby was driving in Escondido when he veered off the road and struck 21-year-old Leonardo Sandoval Pena, who had been fixing sprinklers with other road workers along Interstate 15. Pena died instantly.

Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod said investigators believe Grigsby was under the influence of a central nervous system depressant. Toxicology tests are being conducted.

Grigsby apologized to the victim’s family in court.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, https://www.utsandiego.com

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