A Los Angeles couple pleaded no contest Friday to charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that killed a federal judge’s son in Pacific Palisades.

Marguerite Dao Vuong, 67, pleaded no contest to one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of 23-year-old David Pregerson, while her husband, Michael Vuong, 67, pleaded no contest to one count of accessory to hit-and-run causing death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Pregerson was walking in the 600 block of Chautauqua Boulevard when he was fatally struck about 3 a.m. Dec. 27, 2013, by a vehicle driven by Marguerite Vuong while she was on her way to her job as a postal worker, according to Deputy District Attorney Marna Miller.

Michael Vuong tried to help his wife avoid prosecution by identifying himself as the person driving the car, according to the prosecutor.

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.

The Vuongs — who were charged last May — are due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles for sentencing March 6. Marguerite Vuong could face a maximum of four years in state prison, while her husband could face up to three years in county jail.

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.

City News Service

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