Couple to Stand Trial in Alleged Hit-and-Run Death of Judge's Son

A husband and wife are accused in the death of David Pregerson, a judge's son

A Palms area couple was ordered Monday to stand trial in the alleged hit-and-run that killed a federal judge's son in Pacific Palisades two days after Christmas.

Marguerite Dao Vuong, 67, was charged with allegedly leaving the scene after fatally striking David Pregerson, 23, on Dec. 27 around 3 a.m. at Chautauqua Boulevard and Borgos Place, officials said.

Vuong's husband, Michael, also 67, is charged with one count of being an accessory to hit-and-run causing death, officials said.

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

Prosecutors said Marguerite Vuong was driving the car that hit Pregerson and that her husband tried to help his wife avoid prosecution.

Pregerson had recently graduated from UCLA and was a budding film student who aspired to be a director.

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.

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

City News Service contributed to this report.

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