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Arcadia Man to Stand Trial in Roadworker's Death

Tatsuhiko Sakamoto will appear in court Dec. 19 for arraignment.

The case of an Arcadia man accused of mowing down roadworker Connor Penhall while driving drunk on a closed freeway in Baldwin Park will go forward.

Six people testified against Tatsuhiko Sakamoto on Wednesday at a preliminary hearing held at the Superior Courthouse in Pomona. Following the hearing, Judge Bruce Marrs ordered the case to trial.

Sakamoto, 37, will appear in court again on Dec. 19 for arraignment.

Sakamoto is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony drunken driving in the death of Penhall, the son of racing legend and "CHiPs" star Bruce Penhall. Sakamoto's blood alcohol level was reportedly above the legal limit of .08 at the time of the April 4 incident.

The younger Penhall, 21, was operating a concrete saw for a Caltrans subcontractor on the westbound 10 freeway at Francisquito Avenue when Sakamoto allegedly drove a Toyota Rav4 through traffic cones marking the closed section of freeway.

Penhall was pronounced dead at the scene

Laura March 27, 2013 at 05:07 PM
RIP Connor... It's been almost a year since you were taken and you will never ever be forgotten
Clive Farrell April 30, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Very sad, his dad is still a legend in the UK and the family did not deserve this awful tragedy.

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