A man accused of driving drunk and killing a young man in a fiery head-on crash Saturday night was held on $2 million bail.
Roy Dunkin, 51, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing great bodily injury. He pleaded not guilty through an attorney.
If convicted, he could face 15 years and four months in prison.
Dunkin is accused of hitting and killing Lucas Riley, 24, of San Diego, in a fiery three-car crash on State Route 67 over the weekend.
The crash happened at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday and prompted a Sig Alert for the northbound and southbound lanes of State Route 67 near Cloudy Moon Drive, where the crash happened, San Diego County Sheriff deputies said.
The impact set the Mini Cooper on fire; by the time crews arrived on scene, flames had fully engulfed the car and trapped the victim, later identified as Riley, inside, deputies said. He died at the scene.
After the crash, authorities could be seen pulling out beer cans from the Chevrolet. Dunkin suffered a broken wrist.
Shawna Wickwire, Riley's fiancee, told NBC 7 San Diego that Riley was a selfless man willing to help anyone.
“He was the most caring and loving person I ever have known in my entire life. I have never felt more love for him,” Wickwire said. The couple was planning on getting married this October.
Riley's family has set up a GoFundMe as a memorial fund. The money raised will cover funeral expenses. To donate, click here.
The crash that killed Riley was one of four deadly crashes over the weekend. In three of those crashes, alcohol is suspected to play a role.
Dunkin will next appear in court on Sept. 7 for a preliminary hearing.