CHULA VISTA - A preliminary hearing was scheduled Thursday for a 57- year-old parolee accused of driving under the influence of cocaine and fatally striking an 89-year-old pedestrian in National City.
Kevin Earl Moore is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury in connection with the Jan. 20 death of Tomas Mondares. The National City resident was fatally struck shortly before 9 a.m. while walking on a sidewalk in the 500 block of East Eighth Street.
A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to order Moore to stand trial.
Authorities allege that Moore was driving an eastbound 2002 Infinity sedan that veered off the roadway and struck Mondares, killing him at the scene.
Officers found the sedan parked about 100 yards away and contacted the driver, later identified as Moore, National City police Sgt. Mike Harlan said.
Moore, who has a history of drug, burglary and domestic violence and has been to prison four times, voluntarily submitted to a blood screen sobriety test. He was then arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail. He has since been moved to the George Bailey Detention Facility, with bail set at $500,000.