Ivan Mejia pleads not guilty in crash that killed Robert McHenry

Crash happened Saturday in Escondido

VISTA, Calif. - A not guilty plea was entered Wednesday on behalf of a driver accused in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Escondido.

Ivan Ruiz Mejia, 21, was arrested Saturday in connection with a crash that killed 46-year-old Robert McHenry.

On Nov. 24, just before 6:30 p.m., Escondido police said Mejia was traveling on Washington Avenue near Waverly place when he struck McHenry and then drove away. McHenry died at the scene.

"We charged Mr. Mejia with four counts (including) felony hit-and-run causing death," said Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod.

Witnesses were able to write down a license plate that police used to make an arrest, and some followed Mejia, police said.

"Witnesses followed the suspect vehicle, maybe about a mile, and our officer arrived onto the scene and we able to make an arrest," said Escondido police Lt. Tom Albergo.

Prosecutors said Mejia, who was arrested at his home, was driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

He was also charged with driving without a license.

"$100,000 is the bail schedule in these types of cases," said McLeod

There was no family in the Vista courtroom for either Mejia or McHenry.

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