Elderly Driver Accused in Carl's Jr Crash Enters Plea

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    The man allegedly behind the wheel during the deadly mid-morning crash makes a court appearance.

    Trial is now set for Richard Daus, 75, who is accused of slamming his SUV into a Carl's Junior in El Cajon in January, killing customer Randy Smith.

    Customer Crushed by Car in Carl's Jr.

    [DGO] Customer Crushed by Car in Carl's Jr.
    A man was killed while eating at a Carl's Jr. in El Cajon after a car came crashing into the restaurant. (Published Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010)

    Daus was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty at the hearing. Police said he was drunk when he pulled away from an ATM and crashed into the restaurant. Daus has been convicted in the past of reckless homicide, according to prosecutors.
    Smith, 66, was thrown out of his seat while he was eating. He was tossed from one end of the restaurant to the other, police said, and died at the scene. Smith wa a retired teacher and regular customer who always sat in the same spot, an employee said after the crash.

    Daus' trial is scheduled to begin on June 1.