Solana Beach man pleads not guilty to fatal hit-and-run charge

A Solana Beach man who allegedly fled on foot after his car hit a young man changing a tire alongside a South Bay freeway pleaded not guilty Dec. 18 to a charge of hit-and-run resulting in death.

Christopher Ramirez Reyes, 29, was ordered held on $125,000 bail. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted in the death of 21-year-old Raymart Agsalon Martos of Imperial Beach.

A southbound Dodge Stratus struck Martos in a center median on Interstate 5 near Mile of Cars Way in National City about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, then crashed into a divider wall, according to the California Highway Patrol. Martos died at the scene.

The driver of the Dodge, later identified as Reyes, allegedly abandoned his car and ran off, CHP public-affairs Officer Tony Contreras said.

Investigators tracked down Reyes and arrested him the following evening.

A readiness conference was scheduled Dec. 29 and a preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 4.