CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – A 54-year-old Walnut Creek, CA man accused of fatally striking a Santa Barbara math teacher last September has pleaded not guilty in Contra Costa County Superior Court, Mercury News reported. The defendant, Hossein Tabrizi, was allegedly under the influence of the anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam when he allowed his pickup truck to go onto a sidewalk and strike 52-year-old Sherry Hicks, and her 24-year-old daughter-in-law, Sheng Hahn. According to the news report, just prior to the accident, Tabrizi had been seen passed out behind the wheel at a downtown stoplight. A concerned citizen shook him awake, and he continued on his way. He was pulled over by police and released after passing a field sobriety test. The fatal crash that killed Sherry Hicks occurred just a few moments later.
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