High profile cases involving victims from Taft postponed until January

Pretrial hearings in two high-profile second degree murder cases stemming from vehicle accidents that killed Taft residents have been postponed until January.

Both hearings were postponed from November until this month and then delayed again earlier this month.

Vincent Christopher Moroyoqui of Bakersfield is scheduled to be in court on January 31 for a preliminary hearing in the crash that killed a mother and daughter from Taft.

He is is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of gross vehiclular manslaughter while intoxicated for the July 20 crash that killed Raeleen and Raegan Sorensen on Highay 119 just west of Buena Vista Road.

The California Highway Patrol said Moroyoqui was eastbound on the highway when he drove into the west bound lanes and collided with the Sorensen's car.

Another Bakersfield man, Carlos Bonifacio Garcia, is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on January 31.

Garcia is accused of driving drunk and colliding with a truck driven by Frankie De La Cruz of Taft just days before the Sorensen's were killed.
That crash took place on Highway 119 just west of Stine Road.

He faces counts of second degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing great bodily injury and driving on a suspended license.

His bail is $1,050,000.