A San Diego man will stand trial on charges he was high the day Tomas Modares was struck and killed while walking in National City.
Relatives of Tomas Mondares say the 89-year-old was likely walking home from service at St. Mary's Church when he was struck and killed during his daily walk.
The National City man would spend his morning exercising and praying. Every day he walked by the mortuary where his wife's funeral was held two years ago.
In January, Mondares was struck and killed by an oncoming car after it veered onto the sidewalk along E. 8th Street near E Avenue.
The man behind the wheel, Kevin Moore, stopped the vehicle and waited for police.
Moore, 57, was on parole at the time of the accident. Prosecutors say he was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.
On Wednesday, Judge Stephanie Sontag ruled Moore would stand trial on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter and a charge of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury.
Moore will be back to court for arraignment on May 7.