Judges orders trial for Ramona motorist in Christmas crash

By Neal Putnam

A Ramona man was ordered April 21 to stand trial for drunk driving with great bodily injuries to several people who were hurt in a three-car collision on Christmas evening on state Route 67 at Dye Road.

John Charles Walters, 50, heard testimony from two victims during his preliminary hearing that was conducted by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Gary Bubis. A California Highway Patrol officer also testified.

Walters, who was driving a 2002 Dodge 2500 truck, is accused of rear ending a Dodge Ram 3500 truck that was stopped at the intersection.

Ian Fay, of Ramona, was driving the Dodge 3500 truck, and the force of that collision sent her car into a Honda Odyssey that was driven by Emma Pineda, of Poway. A passenger in Pineda’s car was also injured.

The victims testified they suffered fractured vertebrae and loss of consciousness, and stitches were needed to close wounds at a hospital.

Walters has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will next appear in court on May 25. He was arrested Christmas night and posted $50,000 bond on Jan. 4. A prosecutor sought a bail increase on Jan. 24 and Walters was remanded to jail on $175,000, where he remains in the downtown San Diego central jail.

   
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