Former Central High School coach Loren LeBeau will remain out on bail after a scheduled Thursday morning hearing was delayed in Fresno County Superior Court.
His "pre-preliminary" hearing was rescheduled to Oct. 25 as investigation continues into the northeast Fresno crash in which he was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol two months ago and hit three pedestrians, fatally injuring Donovan Maldonado, 7, and injuring Donovan's father, Jesse, and younger sister, Bella.
LeBeau, 43, appearing with his lawyer, Jeff Hammerschmidt, was released on his own recognizance because reports shown to Judge Gregory Fain said LeBeau was living up to promises he made earlier to the judge -- not drinking alcohol and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
A Nov. 29 date for a preliminary hearing, where it will be determined whether LeBeau should stand trial on vehicular manslaughter charges, may be premature because of extensive investigation remaining, Hammerschmidt said.
LeBeau is charged with vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run and driving while intoxicated in connection with the July 25 crash that happened as Donovan Maldonado and family members bicycled across Shepherd Avenue on the Sugar Pine Trail.
He remains free on $256,000 bail.
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