Man Charged With Murder After Running Over Pedestrian in Pasadena Allegedly While Drunk

first_img Top of the News Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe A view of the suspect’s damaged car at the scene shortly after the collision. (Photo by RMG News)Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a murder charge against a repeat DUI offender accused of being drunk when he fatally struck a pedestrian along Washington Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday night, authorities said.Martin Cesar Villagomez, 48, of Pasadena entered no plea during his court appearance, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago. His arraignment hearing was postponed to Thursday in the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.Villagomez had a blood-alcohol level initially measured at nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent following Friday’s 11:30 p.m. collision at Washington Boulevard and Palm Terrace, according to Pasadena police Cpl. Jose Urita.Christopher Andrew Mendez, 36, was crossing Washington Boulevard at an unmarked intersection when he was struck by a westbound GMC SUV being driven by Villagomez, police said.Paramedics pronounced Mendez dead at the scene.Villagomez remained at the scene as well, officials said. Investigating officers quickly determined he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested him.The suspect already had two prior convictions for driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent, known as California’s “per se” DUI law, in 2003 and 1999, as well as a conviction for reckless driving in 1995, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.Based on his prior DUI convictions, Villagomez became eligible to be charged with murder under California law, said Pasadena police Lt. Max Dahlstein.The investigation was ongoing, including piecing together where Villagomez was and what he had been doing in the hours leading up to the deadly collision, Urita said. He was believed to have been drinking at at least one establishment in West Covina shortly before the crash.Bail for Villagomez was set at $2 million, records show.See also:Man Killed by Alleged Drunken Driver in Pasadena IdentifiedDriver Accused of DUI, Murder After Striking Pedestrian in Pasadena: Officials Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Public Safety Man Charged With Murder After Running Over Pedestrian in Pasadena Allegedly While Drunk By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 4:54 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more