Prosecutors File Manslaughter, Not Murder, Charges Against Suspect In Fatal DUI Collision In Port Hueneme
Friday October 02, 2020
(Photos courtesy PHPD)
Updated--Ventura County prosecutors have filed manslaughter instead of murder charges against a man arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run DUI collision in Port Hueneme that claimed the life of a bicyclist.
It happened Wednesday morning at 5:30 AM on Ventura Road and Teakwood Street.
The bicyclist, 40-year-old John Romero of Port Hueneme, was crossing Ventura Road eastbound when he was struck by a silver sedan.
The sedan fled the scene.
Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.
Port Hueneme police say that while they were investigating the crash, the driver of the sedan, 28-year-old Anthony Macias, returned to the scene.
Police say he was interviewed and then arrested.
They say his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
Police say because Macias had a prior DUI arrest in a pending case, he was booked on a murder charge.
Prosecutors decided against the murder charge and instead filed a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and causing death.
In addition to that felony, Macias is also facing felony charges relating to leaving the scene of the collision.
He was supposed to be arraigned on those charges Friday, but the arraignment was continued two weeks.
Macias remains in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $500,000.