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San Diego Teen Suspected in Deadly DUI to Stand Trial

We are keeping a close eye on the case involving an 18-year-old who was allegedly on drugs when he fatally killed a man in a head-on freeway accident.

A judge this week ruled that Timothy Theodore Barnette must stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The deadly crash happened in May, when Barnette’s Land Rover struck a car being driven by 22-year-old Nick Hart on the freeway in Rancho Penasquitos.

Witnesses reported seeing Barnette driving his vehicle erratically and at high speed just prior to the accident.

“It was quite obvious he was a reckless driver,” says David Brenner, a witness.

Authorities found marijuana, Xanax and inhalants in Barnette’s blood, according to a court stipulation. Barnette is being held on $100,000 bail and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Get Legal Help After an Injury Car Accident

San Diego DUI accidents claim hundreds of lives each year… and injure hundreds more. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a DUI accident or any kind of San Diego car accident… you need a team of San Diego car accident lawyers, like those at the Law Office of Steven A. Elia, to handle your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

Source: CBS8.com

Steven Elia

Steven Elia

Mr. Elia has extensive litigation experience having appeared at more than 1,000 civil hearings including jury and bench trials, over 500 depositions, and hundreds of mediations. Some of his cases have made national headlines. He specializes in personal injury, business law and civil litigation in and around San Diego.