Couple Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Judge's Son Plead Not Guilty

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    David Pregerson

    A Palms area couple charged in connection with a 2013 hit-and-run in Pacific Palisades that killed a UCLA graduate and son of a federal judge pleaded not guilty Friday.

    Marguerite Dao Vuong, 66, was charged with allegedly leaving the scene after running over David Pregerson, 23, on Dec. 27 around 3 a.m. at Chautauqua Boulevard and Borgos Place, officials said.

    Her husband, Michael Vuong, 66, is accused of then trying to help his wife avoid prosecution, officials said.

    The charges were announced weeks after police announced the arrest of Michael Vuong, but not his wife.

    Pregerson had been walking home from a bar when he was hit, friends said. He died four days later on New Year’s Eve.

    Pregerson’s grandfather, Harry, was a 9th Circuit Court judge. His father, Dean, was a U.S. District Court judge, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Friends remembered him as a fun, but dedicated man who aspired to be a director.
    "He was going to be the next Steven Spielberg," said Gregory Martin.

    Marguerite Dao Vuong faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Michael Vuong faces three years behind bars.

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