UPDATED: Couple Plead Not Guilty to Pacific Palisades Hit-and-Run

David Pregerson, 23, was walking when he was fatally struck, allegedly by a vehicle driven by Marguerite Vuong, according to the District Attorney's office.

David Pregerson.
David Pregerson.

Originally posted at 9:42 a.m. May 30, 2014. Edited with new details.

A Los Angeles couple pleaded not guilty today to charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run crash that killed a federal judge's son in Pacific Palisades.

Marguerite Dao Vuong, 66, is charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and her husband, Michael Vuong, 66, is charged with one count of accessory to hit-and-run causing death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

David Pregerson, 23, was walking in the 600 block of Chautauqua Boulevard when he was fatally struck about 3 a.m. Dec. 27, allegedly by a vehicle driven by Marguerite Vuong, according to the District Attorney's Office. Michael Vuong is accused of trying to help his wife avoid prosecution.

Pregerson -- a budding filmmaker, recent UCLA graduate, a son of U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson and a grandson of U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson -- died four days later as a result of his injuries.

Pregerson's family and the Los Angeles City Council had each offered rewards of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

The Vuongs are due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles July 11, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial.

If convicted as charged, Marguerite Vuong faces four years in state prison, while her husband faces up to three years in county jail, according to the District Attorney's Office.

--City News Service

carrie May 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM
tony May 31, 2014 at 05:57 PM
I agree
Michele May 30, 2014 at 01:06 PM
How is that possible? They fled the scene, they did not stay to help him. They deserve to rot in jail forever.
Margo May 30, 2014 at 01:16 PM
What were the Vuongs doing in the Palisades neighborhood at that time of night (3am)? They live far away, correct? Do they have friends in the Palisades, or were they involved in some other criminal activity?
nancy klopper May 30, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Seeing as the wife works in the Palisades Post Office, and the person that discovered the body and reported it to authorities is also a Palisades Post office employee I'd like to know what the connection is. Way too coincidental. Especially at 3AM


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