Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A Sunland man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge stemming from the death of a woman who crashed her car as the two were allegedly involved in a street race.

Luis Tamayo Tapia, 28, is due back in a San Fernando courtroom Jan. 13.

He is charged in connection with the Oct. 24 death of 38-year-old Claudia Perez, who died when her 2011 Infiniti struck a tree during the alleged street race in the 10100 block of Sunset Boulevard.

Tapia is jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

If convicted of the murder charge, he faces up to 15 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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