Trucker accused in Madras fatal hit-and-run back in court

The trucker accused of a fatal hit-and-run in Madras last month was back in court Friday for a release hearing.

The bail for Jose Manuel Bernal-Mendoza was lowered to $350,000 and a pre-trial conference was set for next month.

Bernal-Mendoza was arrested in California on January 22nd on several charges including second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Police say he struck and killed 59-year-old Anthony Shadley as he crossed Highway 97 in Madras on his way to a warming shelter.

Bernal-Mendoza told police after his arrest that he swerved to avoid hitting a “dark shadowy figure,” but didn’t think he had hit anything.

 

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