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Torres’ Trial Date for Alleged Hit-And-Run Moved to October

Posted by wlpo on July 26, 2016

The man accused of a fatal hit-and-run involving a Mendota teenage girl won’t be standing trial until the fall.

Twenty-year-old Jose Torres of Oglesby had a final pretrial hearing in Princeton Tuesday morning that would turn out to be less than final. According to the NewsTribune, Torres’ attorney asked for and received a continuance in the hopes of suppressing some of the evidence against him. His new trial date is October 17th.

Torres is accused of hitting and killing 19-year-old Jacquelin Martinez of Mendota last August while she and others were walking on a rural road near Bureau.  Everyone but Martinez survived.

Torres also faces a lesser charge of fraud in La Salle County where he’s accused of trying to prevent a repo man from taking his Jaguar that investigators say was the car involved in the fatal hit and run.

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