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‘Distracted driving’ death could prove costly for Fresno police officer, taxpayers – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-05-03 22:00:03 –

Fresno, CA (KFSN)-A Fresno police officer accused of deadly inattentive driving could cost himself and the city’s taxpayers.

According to investigators, Jose Pride spent more than 20 seconds crossing the street just before the police car attacked him.

They believe the policeman who hit him wasn’t looking at the road.

Fresno police detective Benito Soto testified in a murder trial three years ago, but on Monday Soto was a defendant and his lawyer pleaed him on his behalf.

“(He) pleads not guilty to the misdemeanor and the three offenses,” said Roger Wilson, a defense lawyer who appeared in Soto on Monday.

The prosecutor charged Soto with manslaughter on the death of 51-year-old Jose Pride.

A homeless man was pushing his bike across Fresno Street when Soto beat him to death with an unmarked Fresno police car.

According to police, Soto was a green light, but they say it’s the driver’s responsibility to avoid pedestrians unless he jumps in front of the car in the last second.

The arrest warrant in this case says the video shows that Pride spent more than 20 seconds crossing the street.

The warrant also states that investigators have obtained telephone records showing that Soto was sending text messages to the two minutes before the crash.

They say he received the last text eight seconds before he hit the pride, and his text box indicates that he was responding to the text.

“It’s pretty strong evidence that he was sending a text message when he should have seen what was happening,” said legal analyst Tony Capozzi.

According to police, Soto is currently on a modified mission until the results of a domestic investigation are available.

He has been on the board for over 13 years, the second misdemeanor following drunk driving in 2012.

Friends in the homeless community remembered Pride with pictures and all night a few weeks after Pride died.

Capozzi says Soto may have given Pride’s family a reason to sue the city.

“He’s in city time,” Capozzi said. “He is within employment. He was negligent. Should the city be liable? They may be in this particular case.”

Soto faces within a year of imprisonment if convicted.

He will return to court in August.

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