Hearing for Cambria man charged in friend's ATV death is postponed

Garrett John Taylor
Garrett John Taylor

The next court appearance for a Cambria man accused of driving drunk and causing the death of a friend in an all-terrain-vehicle accident nine months ago has been delayed to May 10. The pre-preliminary hearing had been set for today.

Garrett John Taylor, 28, faces felony charges in a connection with the accident on San Simeon Creek Road that killed Justin Evans, 20, on July 15.

Charges include vehicular homicide committed while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and having prior convictions for driving under the influence. The charges are made more serious, or “enhanced,” because of prior convictions, causing great bodily injury and having a blood-alcohol count of 0.15 percent or more. California’s legal maximum amount of alcohol in the blood of an adult driver is 0.08 percent.

Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing Feb. 7.

Taylor is also charged with taking the 2007 Yamaha Rhino without the consent of its owner, Tim Winsor.

The court also granted a motion to substitute a new defense attorney, Mitchell Haddad from Palm Desert, replacing Ilan Funke-Bilu of San Luis Obispo.