Judge Valli Israelis released defendant Vanessa Carrillo without bail after the arraignment after promising, in writing, to appear in court for all upcoming proceedings. She will be due back in court next Wednesday, March 9, for a preliminary hearing, a Stanislaus County Public Defender’s spokesman confirmed.
Carillo is accused of hitting 27-year-old cyclist, Patrick O'Connor, from behind with her 1999 Toyota while driving westbound on Fulkerth road, just east of North Blaker Road on Sept. 1, 2010.
According to California Highway Patrol reports at the time, Carillo continued driving home, but she admitted in a 9-1-1 call about an hour later that she thought she had hit a dog. Later, after further questioning, Carillo divulged to officers that she had stopped in the road after she hit the man’s bicycle and, looking in her rear-view mirror, might have seen a body on the ground.
O’Connor, a tax consultant from Sacramento, was reportedly in training for an Iron Man competition at the time.
Authorities did not arrest Carrillo until December. Reasons for the lapse in time were not released.