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A man who got behind the wheel while drugged is set to begin serving a one-year jail term on June 14 for a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in a North Hills crosswalk and an ensuing police pursuit that ended in Pacific Palisades.
Mark Christian Johnson, 55, of Escondido, was also ordered to complete a six-month live-in drug treatment program after getting out of custody, followed by three years probation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Johnson pleaded no contest Thursday to one felony count each of hit-and- run driving resulting in death and fleeing a pursuing police officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, along with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
Johnson had barbiturates and amphetamines in his system when his Toyota Prius struck Jose Serrano, 63, near the corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street last July 30, according to Deputy District Attorney Kaveh Faturechi.
Police began pursuing the vehicle, which had sustained damage, after spotting it in the San Fernando area. The chase ended in Pacific Palisades near Pacific Coast Highway, where a spike strip was laid down.
After the Prius went over the spike strip, the car collided with a steel parking pillar in a private parking lot adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway and Porto Marina Way, where Johnson was taken into custody.
— City News Service
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