A Littlerock man accused of slamming into the back of a parked car on the shoulder of Highway 14 about a year ago, killing an occupant of that car, appeared in court Thursday.
Joe Lopez, a 26-year-old carpenter, appeared Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court.
He was told to return to court Oct. 19 to set a date for a preliminary hearing. During that hearing, prosecutors are expected to present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond; the judge can then decide if the case should go to trial.
Lopez is accused of causing the death of Sam H. Edinburgh, 62, of Palmdale, in a traffic collision Aug. 13, 2017.
He was reportedly driving a 2004 Toyota Matrix northbound on Highway 14, north of Soledad Canyon Road, when he started approaching a Toyota Corolla, according to investigators with the California Highway Patrol.
Lopez’s car drifted into the right shoulder, where the front of the car collided with the Corolla, according to investigators.
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