LANCASTER – Criminal charges were filed this week against a driver accused of speeding through a stop sign, causing a fatal collision and then fleeing the scene, authorities said.
William L. Leblanc, 32, of Santa Clarita pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to one count of murder and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death, in connection with the Antelope Valley traffic crash that killed 54-year-old Steven Harold Grey, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The fatal collision happened around 9:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, on SR-138 (Avenue D) and 110th Street West, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Leblanc was driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution northbound on 110th Street West “at a high rate of speed,” while Grey was driving a 1999 Toyota Avalon eastbound on SR-138 at approximately 60 miles per hour, according to a CHP report.
“Leblanc traveled at a high rate of speed through the stop sign controlled intersection and collided with the right rear of the Toyota,” the CHP report states.
“This impact caused the Toyota to spin out of control onto the right shoulder, and the left side of the Toyota collided with an Edison pole south of the south roadway edge of SR-138,” the CHP report states.
Grey was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.
“Leblanc fled the scene and was later located [on] northbound SR-14, south of Avenue K, by CHP Officer Tamayo,” the CHP report states.
Leblanc was taken into custody around 7:51 p.m. on Oct. 7, according to LASD inmate records, and murder and hit-and-run charges were filed on Oct. 12.
After pleading not guilty to the charges, Leblanc was ordered to be held in lieu of $1 million bail. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 24 at the Antelope Valley courthouse to determine if there is enough evidence to require Leblanc to stand trial.