February 22, 2024
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A person accused of fatally putting a motorcyclist in Campo on Thanksgiving Day, then fleeing the scene, pleaded not responsible Wednesday to a felony rely of hit-and-run inflicting loss of life.

Gary Baker, 45, of Campo, is accused within the loss of life of 26-year-old Austin Spirz, who members of the family say was a father of three younger daughters.

The crash occurred at round 5:30 p.m. on Sheridan Street, close to Custer Street.

The California Freeway Patrol stated a Jeep heading west drifted throughout the double yellow traces and crashed into the sufferer’s eastbound bike. Spirz died on the scene.

In response to Deputy District Lawyer Mei Owen, Baker’s girlfriend referred to as the CHP the next morning to report that her boyfriend had gotten right into a crash whereas driving her Jeep.

Baker claimed he had struck some massive rocks whereas driving, Owen stated, however officers allegedly discovered items of Spirz’s bike at Baker’s dwelling.

Baker faces as much as 4 years in state jail if convicted of the hit-and-run rely.

He was initially booked into custody on $50,000 bail, however prosecutors sought Wednesday for a rise to $250,000 bail attributable to Baker having alleged ties out-of-state.

At Baker’s arraignment, Superior Court docket Decide Lilys McCoy dominated that Baker could possibly be launched on supervised personal recognizance. Baker should adhere to a number of circumstances upon launch from custody, together with a prohibition in opposition to driving, common alcohol monitoring, and he might solely depart his dwelling to go to work or courtroom.

In response to the prosecutor, Spirz was headed dwelling on the time of the crash and deliberate to satisfy up with others for Thanksgiving festivities later that night time.

“Clearly, this incident occurred very just lately, specifically this Thanksgiving, a time when households are speculated to be collectively, a time of celebration and happiness,” Owen stated. “Sadly, the defendant’s actions put an finish to that for this explicit household.”

A GoFundMe web page created to help Spirz’s household could be seen at www.gofundme.com/f/austin-spirz.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.