April 23, 2024
Family members remembered Joshua Gilliland, 47, at a vigil following his June dying. Photograph credit score: Display shot, Fox5SanDiego.com

A person who allegedly drove drunk and fled the scene after hanging and killing a College Heights bartender pleaded not responsible Thursday to fees that embrace homicide.

Brandon Allen Janik, 37, was arrested almost three months after police say he struck Joshua Gilliland, 47, on the evening of June 10.

Gilliland was crossing the three-way intersection of Regular Road and El Cajon and Park boulevards when he was hit by a BMW heading eastbound on Regular that ran a pink mild, in response to San Diego police Sgt. Victoria Houseman.

Paramedics took Gilliland to a hospital, the place he died of his accidents 4 days later.

Detectives ultimately have been in a position to determine Janik because the alleged driver of the 2022 BMW that struck the sufferer.

Janik was booked into San Diego Central Jail on Tuesday. He faces 18 years to life in state jail if convicted of all fees and stays in custody with out bail following Thursday’s arraignment.

Gilliland was a bartender at Cheers on Adams Avenue. Following Thursday’s court docket listening to, his co-worker Mickey De Guia described Gilliland as “goofy, real … naive in all the suitable methods and heat in all the suitable methods.”

De Guia, additionally a bartender and a good friend of Gilliland’s for almost 20 years, mentioned, “Josh, I, many people who’re bartenders, we really do what we will to stop issues like this from occurring. I wish to say on the market to folks, `Discover one other manner dwelling.”‘

De Guia and one other good friend of Gilliland’s, Lisa Kogan, urged folks to make use of rideshare providers moderately than get behind the wheel whereas intoxicated.

Kogan mentioned Gilliland “was such a candy, mild, form soul” and referred to as what occurred “a mindless, preventable tragedy.”

She added, “There’s so many individuals that it is a loss and tragedy for, not only for Josh and his household, however for Brandon’s household.”

– Metropolis Information Service