A judge has ruled that prosecutors presented enough evidence to try an Oceano man accused of second-degree murder in an October fatal car crash in Shell Beach.
Jerardo Iriarte, 20, of Oceano, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Judge Hugh F. Mullin II ruled after a preliminary hearing Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court that there is enough evidence to move the case to trial on all charges.
Iriarte is accused of killing two tourists from Washington state who were walking along Price Street early in the morning of Oct. 16.
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Authorities say Iriarte was trying to hurt himself when he drove his car off Highway 101 near the Marie Callender’s restaurant where his ex-girlfriend was working that day.
Iriarte was distraught after a breakup and had been trying to reconcile with the woman, according to police.
His car crashed through the freeway’s fence and continued onto the sidewalk bordering the west curb of Price Street, police said. The car crashed into Bruce Mallin, 63, and his 59-year-old wife, Marjorie.
Iriarte remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held without bail.
He is next due in court May 9.