Trial ordered in Woodland hit-and-run death
A Woodland man has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian last month.
Ivan Martinez, 19, is scheduled to be arraigned on gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges Sept. 18 after a Yolo Superior Court judge ruled at a preliminary hearing Tuesday there was sufficient evidence for the case to proceed.
Martinez is accused of striking and killing 53-year-old Douglas William Gatie on a Main Street sidewalk during the early-morning hours of Aug. 5. Authorities say Martinez was driving under the influence at the time of the fatal collision.
Gatie, a Woodland resident, died at the scene. Martinez allegedly fled in his vehicle but left a license plate behind, which enabled police to track him down a short time later.
In addition to gross vehicular manslaughter, Martinez is charged with hit-and-run causing injury with an enhancement for fleeing the scene of a crime, as well as two drunken-driving counts with enhancements alleging infliction of great bodily injury.
He is being held at the Yolo County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.
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