STOCKTON - The man accused of being behind the wheel of a minivan that hit and killed a retired Stockton police officer last week made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Sergio Chavira, 57, is charged with felony hit and run, as well as vehicular manslaughter, in the death of 70-year-old Jimmy Pendergrass.
Pendergrass was on his way to the department for part-time work when he was killed. He is one of several retired officers doing background investigations on applicants so the department can increase it's staffing.
Prosecutor Robert Himelblau said Tuesday he's confident in a conviction even if there aren't eyewitnesses to the collision.
"Sometimes, you don't need witnesses to prove someone did something, most murders and homicides are that way," Himelblau said. "We won't have any difficulty."