Trial proceedings are slated to get underway Monday for a man accused of running over and killing a 76-year-old pedestrian in Moreno Valley while driving under the influence.

Roben Gaby Noujaim, 36, of Moreno Valley was arrested earlier this year following a lengthy investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department into the September 2019 death of Lorenzo Romero, also of Moreno Valley.

Noujaim is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury and misdemeanor driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

During a status hearing Tuesday morning before Superior Court Judge Charles Koosed, the prosecution and defense signaled their readiness to proceed with trial motions next week at the Riverside Hall of Justice, with jury screening likely to begin Monday.

According to sheriff’s officials, detectives completed an investigation into Romero’s death in April, culminating in the issuance of an arrest warrant for Noujaim, who was taken into custody without incident.

Sheriff’s Deputy Rafael Lopez said Romero was walking on Graham Street, just north of Old Valley Drive, when he was struck by a sedan about 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2019. Paramedics pronounced him dead roughly 25 minutes later.

Noujaim did not flee and was taken into custody at the scene, but was released from jail that week pending further investigation.

Noujaim, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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