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Trial Delayed For Menifee Man Accused in DUI Death

Richard Michael Proger is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of a popular La Cresta senior citizen.

Trial was rescheduled to next year for a Menifee man accused in the DUI death of a popular 84-year-old local man.

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He is formally charged with gross vehicular manslaughter.

Earlier this week, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Johnson vacated a November trial date and reset the trial to Jan. 15.

A readiness conference was set for Dec. 7.

Proger was driving a pickup truck north on Clinton Keith Road near Chantory Street when he crossed into Johnson's lane; Johnson was heading home to the La Cresta area when he was killed on impact.

Proger is currently out on $75,000 bail but must wear a monitoring ankle bracelet, per court order.

The ankle bracelet he is required to wear takes a blood alcohol content reading every half hour; the reading is based on the amount of alcohol in a person’s perspiration, authorities said.

At least once every 24 hours the data collected by the device is uploaded for review by a case agent.

According to a statement filed by Murrieta police in support of an arrest warrant, Proger told the investigating officer that he had swerved to avoid hitting a rabbit in the road.

When told that physcial evidence did not support that account, Proger admitted there hadn't been a rabbit.

Proger had a .19 blood alcohol content -- more than double the .08 at which a person is considered impaired -- and oxycodone in his system when he was arrested, authorities said.

Barbara Cook October 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
This is not justice. He will spend yet another holiday with his family.

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