Kings Beach crosswalk death hearing delayed
Lawyers have once again postponed the hearing for Kevin Gorchinski, a 25-year-old Sacramento man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Tahoma woman last January.
The hearing, originally set for May 11 but postponed because of courtroom construction, will now be held on July 10.
Linda Fernandez and her boyfriend Jeremy Virgo were struck by Gorchinski’s 1999 Honda Accord while walking in a crosswalk in Kings Beach in January, according to California Highway Patrol reports. The collision occurred at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8.
The impact propelled both pedestrians into the air, according to officials. Both Virgo and Fernandez were taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where Fernandez died. Virgo was released from the hospital with a broken ankle and other injuries.
Investigators have determined that Gorchinski was driving between 30 and 35 mph with two passengers in the car. The speed limit on that stretch of Highway 28 is 30 mph, California Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Skeen said. CHP officials said they believe Gorchinski was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.
Two vehicles in the westbound lanes had stopped for the pedestrians, according to eyewitness accounts to the CHP.
In a cursory hearing at the Placer County Superior Court in Tahoe City Monday, Gorchinski’s lawyers asked for and were granted the continuance. The legal team will use the time to review photographs that were in the possession of the Placer County District Attorney’s office.
The district attorney’s office did not return calls by press time asking about the nature of the photographs.
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