Kevin Moore pleads not guilty in National City crash that killed Tomas Mondares

Moore allegedly on drugs at time of crash

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A 57-year-old parolee accused of driving under the influence of a narcotic when he fatally struck an 89-year-old pedestrian in National City pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs causing injury.

Kevin Earl Moore was ordered held on $500,000 bail in connection with Monday's fatality in the 500 block of East Eighth Street.

Deputy District Attorney Victor Ou alleged in a criminal complaint that Moore has been to prison four times.

"His convictions range from burglary to domestic violence and numerous [crimes] related to cocaine," Ou said.

Police said Moore struck and killed National City resident Tomas Mondares shortly before 9 a.m. Monday.

Mondares was walking on a sidewalk when an eastbound 2002 Infinity sedan veered off the roadway and hit him. He died at the scene.

"Dragged him a distance of approximately 50 to 60 feet," said Ou.

Officers found the car parked about 100 yards away and contacted the driver, later identified as Moore, National City police Sgt. Mike Harlan said.

Moore was cooperative and voluntarily submitted to a blood screen sobriety test. He was then arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail.

Ou alleged Moore was high on cocaine and other drugs at the time of the crash. Moore was on parole for another cocaine charge when he allegedly struck Mondares, 10News learned.

The defendant is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 30 for a readiness conference and Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

If he stands trial and is convicted, Moore could get 14 years in prison.

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