The man accused of hitting and killing a Mobile runner in September last year has turned down a plea deal, according to court records.

Aubrey Pate, 23, of Wilmer, was the driver of a vehicle that hit Victor Birch head-on on Rangeline Road, prosecutors claim. They believe Pate was under the influence of marijuana when he sped across the median and hit the vehicle Birch was driving.

Birch, 61, was a beloved runner in the Mobile area, and his friends and family have been asking for answers since the crash.

Victor Birch.

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Pate has pleaded not guilty.

During a hearing Friday, Pate turned down a plea deal. His trial is scheduled for May 6, 2024.

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