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Pali High Grad in Hit-and-Run Accident Dies

David Pregerson died at UCLA Medical Center Tuesday morning.

Editor's Note: This story, originally posted at 11:31 a.m., was amended to clarify the time of death.

The 23-year-old victim in an apparent hit-and-run incident died Tuesday, according an update on his Facebook page. Rabbi Dovid Gurevich of the Chabad at UCLA confirmed that David Pregerson died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood after he was taken off life support Monday night.

A friend who identified only as Ramtin posted, "[Tuesday], a little after 10:00 am, David Maccabee Pregerson, who we all love and cherish, passed away."

Pregerson, a Pali High graduate, was hit as he was walking home and left on the side of Chautauqua Boulevard, west of Sunset Boulevard, early Friday morning, police said. Police still have no leads on the suspect or suspects in the case and are still investigating.

Friends mourning the passing of Pregerson took to social media with messages of love. Ashley Marie (@dearashleymarie) wrote: “Rest in peace David Pregerson. You will truly be missed. And wherever you are, you're still in our hearts.”

Natalie Chanin (@NatalieChanin) wrote: “The world just became darker. Rest in paradise my soul brother David Pregerson, so loved by everyone who had the honor to know you. <3”

DJ X-Vertigo (@djxvertigo): “Feeling very sad and shaky about the loss of my buddy David Pregerson, RIP man I love you.”

Pregerson, a recent graduate of UCLA, was an aspiring film producer. He worked as camera crew on several TV shows and film shorts, according to his IMDb profile.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact L.A. County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Kari Weaver December 31, 2013 at 02:42 PM
So sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends. What a tragic accident.
RabbiDovid Gurevich December 31, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Correction: the passing was officially Tuesday morning, not as reported Monday night. May the family, friends and loved ones be comforted.
Alexander Nguyen December 31, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Thanks. I updated the story.
Gwen T January 01, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The Pregersons are our Neighbors, we are all heart broken for his family and friends, what a horrible tragedy and loss. Our prayers are with you.
Kelly Dove January 01, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Wish there were words to comfort this young man's family. He sounds like a spectacular human being. They put a good person on this planet, and you will forever be able to be proud of your son. No one will ever be proud of the perpetrator.
LA Momma January 06, 2014 at 10:04 AM
More and more memorials are erected in our city to victims of hit and run, speeding, drunk or distracted drivers. So sorry for this and every family's loss. Wish there were an app to report dangerous drivers!

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