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Templeton man pleads not guilty to Old Creek Road crash charge

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Mark Hedges entered the plea Tuesday morning during his arraignment in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. (KSBY) Mark Hedges entered the plea Tuesday morning during his arraignment in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. (KSBY)

A not guilty plea was entered Tuesday by a Templeton man charged in connection with a crash on Old Creek Road last month that left a bicyclist dead.

Mark Hedges is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence following the December 3 crash that killed Jose Martel, 47, of San Luis Obispo.

Investigators say Hedges crossed over double yellow lines near Whale Rock Reservoir along the north coast of San Luis Obispo County to pass a vehicle in front of him and then collided head-on with Martel. 

Martel was ejected from his bike and died at the scene. CHP says Hedges remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. 

Hedges entered the plea while appearing before a San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge during his arraignment. 

He is due back in court next week. 

Related:
CHP identifies bicyclist killed in crash near Whale Rock Reservoir

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