A San Bruno man accused in a deadly hit-and-run accident on a Pacifica highway on Sunday allegedly returned to the crash scene on the advice of his insurance company, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.
Leopoldo Tobilla, 57, was arrested after driving up to cops at Sharp Park Road and Skyline Boulevard and admitting to hitting someone walking in the roadway, police said.
At the time, Pacifica police and the California Highway Patrol were investigating the 1:35 a.m. crash that killed 25-year-old Scott Garrigan.
Tobilla was driving southbound on state Highway 35 when he allegedly struck Garrigan, who was crossing the street but not in a crosswalk.
Tobilla allegedly fled the scene. He then “called his insurance company, who told him to return to the scene,” according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
On Tuesday, Tobilla pleaded not guilty to felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, Wagstaffe said.
His blood-alcohol level registered 0.06. The legal limit is 0.08.
Police concluded the victim caused the accident, so Tobilla was not charged with vehicular manslaughter, Wagstaffe said.
The case is set for a preliminary hearing May 5.
Tobilla is out of custody after posting $50,000 bail.