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Ventura hit-run driver faces murder trial

A suspected drunk driver was arrested after hitting and killing a bicyclist and injuring five others in a hit-and-run in Ventura.

January 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A man accused in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Ventura will stand trial for murder.

Prosecutors say Satnam Singh had a blood-alcohol level of 0.39 percent, almost five times the legal limit when he was driving a Hummer and struck and killed bicyclist Nick Haverland in May. The Hummer left the crash scene at up to 80 mph.

According to the Ventura County Star, Singh's attorney argued that his client should not be charged with murder because he was too drunk to have knowing disregard for human life.

The judge disagreed and ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence for trial on all charges.

Singh faces second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run charges.

Singh is free on bail pending arraignment on Jan. 18.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.