A fall trial date has been set for a Woodland man charged with second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash that occurred in Davis earlier this year.
Armando Arias Gonzalez Jr., 39, has pleaded not guilty to the counts stemming from the Feb. 1 collision on East Covell Boulevard and Baywood Lane that killed 85-year-old Darlene Morales of Vacaville. Authorities say Gonzalez then caused a second collision at Covell and Pole Line Road.
Yolo County prosecutors say Gonzalez had a documented history of epileptic seizures that had led to prior crashes yet still chose to drive, which prompted the filing of the murder charge. His defense attorney has called the incident a “tragic accident” that occurred despite Gonzalez’s efforts to control his condition with medication.
An Oct. 6 trial date was set Thursday by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson, who is presiding over the case.