OAKLAND -- An Alameda County judge has ordered to trial a woman suspected of driving drunk and running over an innocent man she mistook for a graffiti vandal last year.
After a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Meghan Zato was held to answer on felony charges of driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, and hit-and-run, said Alameda County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.
Zato was a 26-year-old Hastings College law student on Oct. 5 when, according to police, she hit Oakland resident James Roda with her Mercedes as the 26-year-old cook was crossing 14th Street near Lake Merritt.
Roda had just left the Ruby Room bar, from which Zato had been kicked out of that night, police said.
Police said she was driving the wrong way down the street and mistook Roda for one of several graffiti vandals that she reported attacked her earlier in the night.
Roda was hospitalized in an intensive care unit with severe head injuries after the accident and, according to a Facebook page in his support, continues to have residual health issues.
Zato returns to court on July 16 for an arraignment.
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