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Suspected drunken driver pleads not guilty to killing pedestrian

Marcela Mercado, seen here carrying a black bag Marcela Mercado, seen here carrying a black bag

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman accused of killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Nanakuli last October pleaded not guilty at her arraignment at Honolulu Circuit Court Thursday.

An Oahu grand jury indicted Marcela Mercado, 31, on a charge of first-degree negligent homicide. Her trial is now scheduled for October.

Investigators say Mercado's SUV drifted off Farrington Highway near Haleakala Avenue and crashed into a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk. Byron Ching, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The defendant is free on $50,000 bail.

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