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"Not guilty" plea from suspected drunk motorist who struck and killed elderly couple near Valley Center


Last updated 7/7/2013 at Noon

VISTA - The 20-year-old man allegedly driving a car that fatally struck a couple walking north of Valley Center pleaded not guilty today, July 10, to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury.

Earl Decarlos Smith Jr. was ordered held on $1 million bail.

The Oceanside resident was driving east on Old Castle Road about 6:15 a.m. Sunday when his 2011 Toyota Corolla drifted to the right and struck the couple as they walked with their backs to traffic near Mauka Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both victims died at the scene.

Neighbors said the victims -...

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