A Hollister man faces murder, DUI and a range of other charges related to the February death of his 6-year-old son from a traffic collision.
Jesus Cervantes Mora, 30, is set for a return to the San Benito County Courthouse on April 10, when a judge is expected to set a preliminary hearing date.
The charges relate to a Feb. 25 solo-vehicle fatality at about 5 p.m. that Sunday east of San Felipe Road on McCloskey Road.
Mora drove off the road and collided with a utility pole in a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The 6-year-old child with him died and another, age 7, sustained major injuries and was transported to a hospital, according to the CHP. Mora was arrested on scene.
Now the San Benito County District Attorney’s Office has charged Mora with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, separate counts of causing injury/health endangerment and great bodily injury to a child, DUI with a prior conviction over the past 10 years and additional charges of causing great bodily injury, according to court records.
He pleaded not guilty Feb. 27 and had a preliminary setting continued from March 20 to April 10, according to court records. At a preliminary setting, a judge sets a date for a preliminary hearing where it’s decided whether there is sufficient evidence to move ahead with a trial.
When that February accident occurred, Mora already had faced charges for DUI — and another enhancement for a drunken driving conviction over the past decade — relating to a November traffic collision.