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Man pleads not guilty to murder in fatal DUI crash on state Route 78


Last updated 2/5/2021 at 12:26pm

VISTA (CNS) - A suspected drunken motorist accused of driving in the wrong direction on a North County highway and crashing head-on into another vehicle, killing its driver, pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges.

Robert Nicholas Spence, 36, is accused in the Jan. 3 death of 24-year-old Danielle Foust on state Route 78 in Vista.

Both drivers were taken to hospitals, where Foust died.

Spence remains hospitalized due to serious injuries he suffered in the crash, and his plea was entered Friday morning from the hospital.

Deputy District Attorney David Uyar said Spence had a bloo...

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