Driver in I-5 Wrong-Way Crash to Stand Trial in Motorcycle Rider's Death - NBC 7 San Diego

Driver in I-5 Wrong-Way Crash to Stand Trial in Motorcycle Rider's Death

CHP officer said the victim in the December collision "didn't stand a chance"

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    Driver in I-5 Wrong-Way Crash to Stand Trial in Motorcycle Rider's Death
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    The scene of the crash on I-5 in San Ysidro that left a motorcyclist dead.

    A man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 near the U.S.-Mexico border and causing a collision that killed a motorcycle rider is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

    Richard Gideon Hammond, 28, of San Diego was heading north on the southbound side of the freeway about 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 3 when his 2007 Mazda 3 sedan crashed into an oncoming 2016 Yamaha motorcycle near Dairy Mart Road in Nestor, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Hammond's car spun and was hit by a 2000 Dodge Dakota truck driven by a 33-year-old National City woman, who had three children in her vehicle.

    Daniel Reyes, 27, of Chula Vista, died at the scene.

    Motorcyclist Killed by Wrong-Way, DUI Driver in San Ysidro

    [DGO] Wrong-Way Driver Fatally Struck Motorcyclist on I-5 in San Ysidro
    CHP officers said the motorcyclist killed in a wrong way, DUI crash on his way home to Tijuana never stood a chance. The DUI suspect faces serious felony charges. NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda reports.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 5, 2016)

    Hammond and the driver of the truck were treated for minor injuries. The children were not hurt.

    Judge Joseph Brannigan reinstated criminal proceedings against Hammond and scheduled a readiness conference in the South Bay for June 30. A preliminary hearing is set for July 13.

    Hammond faces six years in prison if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter.

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