A mental competency evaluation was ordered Tuesday for an alleged drunken driver accused of leaving the scene of a Mother’s Day crash in Ramona that killed a pregnant woman and summoning a Lyft driver to take him to a local bar.
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Andrew Milonis, 44, is charged with murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the May 14 deaths of 29-year-old Jessica Foderingham and her unborn child.
Foderingham, who was driving to her grandmother’s house in a separate car behind her husband, was eight months pregnant.
The victim’s husband, a U.S. Marine, testified during a preliminary hearing this month that he heard a loud bang behind him, saw an SUV swerve onto a sidewalk and witnessed his wife’s 2016 Dodge Dart slam into a tree in the center median on San Vincente Road at about 6:45 p.m.
The driver of the SUV, later identified as Milonis, fled following the collision, then abandoned his vehicle about a mile away and called for a Lyft driver to give him a ride to a bar on Main Street, CHP public affairs Officer Kevin Pearlstein said. Deputies found him at the tavern about an hour later and arrested him.
According to testimony, Milonis was arrested for DUI six months before the fatal accident when he allegedly drove drunk and hit a neighbor’s fence before going home.
Milonis will be examined by a doctor to determine if he understand the charges against him and can assist his attorney at trial. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 26.
The defendant faces 40 years to life in prison if convicted.
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