The driver allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine when he struck a San Mateo pedestrian who later died is in the midst of learning whether he will stand trial for gross vehicular manslaughter involving drugs.
The preliminary hearing of Louis James Henry, 59, began with four prosecution witnesses but was continued to July 10 for completion.
Henry was originally charged after the Jan. 7 accident with felony driving while intoxicated but upped the charge after Gus Roubos, 52, died and toxicology reports proved positive for the drug in Henry’s system.
Roubos was just leaving the San Mateo Medical Center when he was hit at 39th Avenue and Edison Street. After he died Jan. 9, prosecutors began investigating if Henry could be held liable for causing the death through reckless driving or deliberately acting in a way, such as methamphetamine use, which impaired his ability to drive. Henry reportedly admitted using methamphetamine in the days prior to the accident but the tests were need to show if enough remained in his system at the time of the collision.
If tried and convicted, Henry could be hit with a third criminal strike and mandatory prison term of 25 years to life. He has a history of robbery convictions from the 1970s.
Henry remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail.