Man accused of killing Lyft driver pleads not guilty to murder, felony charges

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The motorist accused of being drunk when his vehicle struck and killed a Lyft driver on state Route 94 has pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other felony charges.

Steven Quintero was ordered to remain in custody on $3 million bail.

Early Saturday morning, Henry O. Reyes was killed while he was parked on the side of a freeway helping his passenger who was feeling sick.

Three female passengers were in Reyes’s Lyft vehicle when he was struck and killed on the shoulder of eastbound state Route 94, just west of the 28th Street off-ramp in Golden Hill, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The three female passengers were taken to hospitals with undisclosed injuries.

The car that hit them ended up down an embankment and the two men who were inside the vehicle fled the area and were later caught with the help of a San Diego Police helicopter, according to the CHP.

The eastbound freeway was closed to all traffic for about an hour while officers investigated the scene.

According to a GoFundMe page setup by Reye’s family, he had just graduated from dental school and was working as Lyft driver to make some extra money to support his two-year-old son and to pay for a dental apprenticeship. 

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