After more than 18 months of delays and legal wrangling, the manslaughter case against a San Ramon lawyer accused of running down a bicyclist in Dublin is moving ahead.
Spencer Freeman Smith waived a preliminary hearing Thursday in Pleasanton. He's now set to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward later this month.
Smith, 33, was arrested for felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter on May 17, 2012, days after a nighttime crash that killed Bo Hu, 57, a Chinese national who was living in San Ramon at the time.
Hu, who was either walking his bike or riding northbound on Dougherty Road near Fall Creek Road, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The case against Smith has seen at least six postponements to date. He's also turned down a plea offer, although prosecutors are prohibited from discussing details of the plea deal.
His only appearance in court prior to Thursday was in June, when he entered a not guilty plea, saying nothing but a few whispered words to his attorney.
Smith was charged after police in Dublin traced parts from his black 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 found at the scene through the dealership.
Smith, who lives in San Ramon, remains free on bail. He is a partner at the San Francisco firm of Smith Patten, where he practices employment law.