The criminal case against Calexico City Council Member Rosie Fernandez stemming from two traffic collisions was continued on Nov. 26 to Jan. 13 for a pre-trial conference before Superior Court Judge Monica Lepe-Negrete.
On Nov. 12, Fernandez, through defense attorney Eduardo Rivera, pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges in an out-of-court “window arraignment” at the court’s criminal division office. That allowed her to avoid appearing in person at a scheduled Nov. 13 arraignment.
On Nov. 26, the cases were assigned to Lepe-Negrete. Fernandez did not appear in court with Rivera.
She is charged with two counts of driving-under-the-influence of alcohol in connection with a July 6 collision near Heber. She also faces two counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage in connection with a May 5 crash in Calexico.
After the new court date was set, Rivera, approached outside the courtroom, declined comment. Fernandez also did not respond to requests for comment.
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