SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An 18-year-old who allegedly was on drugs when he got into a head-on freeway crash that killed a 22-year-old driver in Rancho Penasquitos pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.
Timothy Theodore Barnette — held on $100,000 bail — faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said.
Lai told Judge Lorna Alksne that three people called 911 to report Barnette driving erratically on Ted Williams Parkway — which turns into state Route 56 — before the 9:40 a.m. crash on May 16 that killed Nick Hart.
One 911 caller said Barnette drove on the curb, another said he made a U-turn on a freeway ramp, and a third said he ran a red light and almost hit her car, Lai said.
Shortly thereafter, Barnette’s 2002 Ranger Rover sport utility vehicle veered out of an eastbound lane on state Route 56, crossed a center median and smashed into Hart’s oncoming 2010 Toyota Scion near ….MORE