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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Gross Vehicular Manslaughter in Carlsbad

Zachary Hulcer alleged had prescription drugs in his system when he ran a red light doing 80 to 100 mph.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A motorist who allegedly had prescription drugs in his system and blew through a red light in Carlsbad, killing a 20-year-old restaurant employee driving home from work, pleaded not guilty today to a gross vehicular manslaughter charge.

Zachary Hulcer, 34, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Feb. 24 collision that took the life of Brendon Arce, whose Mustang was struck on Rancho Santa Fe Road by a southbound Buick allegedly driven by the defendant.

Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe alleged that Hulcer ran a red light at 80-100 mph.

Arce was making a left onto the road from Calle Barcelona when his car was struck just before 10 p.m. The victim had just finished his shift at Casa de Bandini, family members said.

Judge Marshall Hockett ordered Hulcer held on $115,000 bail. A readiness conference was scheduled for May 8 and a preliminary hearing for May 13.

Hulcer faces 10 years in prison if convicted, Watanabe said.

—City News Service

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