A 23-year-old Anaheim man pleaded not guilty Monday to a drug-fueled crash in downtown Fullerton that injured 11 people.
Christopher Jose Solis was charged last Monday with single counts each of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury and hit and run with injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of hit and run with property damage. He also faces sentencing enhancement allegations for causing bodily injury to 11 victims and for causing great bodily injury to six victims.
Solis was driving a Toyota Tacoma that veered onto a sidewalk in the 100 block of West Santa Fe Avenue just before 1:50 a.m. Feb. 10, ramming three vehicles before striking nine pedestrians and slamming into a tree, said Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus.
Dozens of people were on the street at the time, in and around restaurants and bars that were about to close for the night, Radus said. Multiple victims were trapped under the truck when it came to a stop, according to Radus, who said several bystanders helped first responders lift the smoking and badly damaged vehicle to free them.
Solis was allegedly under the influence of marijuana at the time, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Solis is next due in court March 28 for a preliminary hearing at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
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