Grass Valley driver to face gross vehicular manslaughter charge in Highway 20 crash |

Grass Valley driver to face gross vehicular manslaughter charge in Highway 20 crash

A Grass Valley man arrested last August after a fatal crash on Highway 20 had a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent, according to charging documents.

After a preliminary hearing into the evidence against Joshua James Robinson, a Nevada County judge held him on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, and driving while a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent causing injury, along with a special allegation of driving with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.15 percent.

Robinson, 33, was driving his Toyota pickup on Highway 20 westbound near White Cloud Campground at 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 2018, when he reportedly made an unsafe turn to the right. The truck ran off the road and rolled over multiple times, the California Highway Patrol said.

Robinson’s passenger, 35-year-old Dylan Shively, also of Grass Valley, was killed in the crash.

Robinson will return to court for formal arraignment on the charges Dec. 2. He is out of custody on his own recognizance.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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