A 20-year-old Nipomo man pleaded not guilty in court today to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and drunk driving charges in the crash that killed a British cyclist near Oceano on Saturday.
Aaron Richard Ceja entered his plea in Judge Michael Barton’s court. Ceja is accused of causing the crash that killed 26-year-old David Williams of London.
It's believed Williams was on a charity ride from Los Angeles to New York for Find Your Feet, a UK-based charity aimed at decreasing poverty. Williams was on his way to San Francisco.
He did a similar ride in 2008 from London to Istanbul for the same charity. Williams died at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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Ceja remained listed in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail as of late Wednesday, where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
He is scheduled to appear next in court on July 5 for a hearing in which he’s expected to argue bail reduction. He has a pre-preliminary hearing set for July 11.