A woman who was extradited from Australia to face charges stemming from a deadly hit-and-run crash nearly four years ago in Whittier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges.
Andrea Dorothy Chan — also known as Andrea Dorothy Reyes and Andrea Dorothy Reyes Chan — was charged in September 2017 with one count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person and vehicular manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 30, 2017, crash that killed Agustin Rodriguez Jr.
The 35-year-old defendant is also facing a misdemeanor count of destroying or concealing evidence.
Chan was brought back to the United States by the U.S. marshals in late October after a lengthy extradition process.
She was allegedly behind the wheel of a white Lexus sedan that struck Rodriguez while he was biking in the area of Calmada Avenue and Flomar Drive, according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Rodriguez was dragged “under the car for a long distance,” Eimiller said.
The 46-year-old man died at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner’s office.
Chan allegedly had her vehicle fixed and stored in Idaho before leaving the country. Authorities found the Lexus in a residential garage in that state, according to Eimiller, who added that additional information was found in Nevada.
The woman was living in Hong Kong when the FBI obtained an international arrest warrant, and the agency later determined that she had moved to Australia, according to the FBI.
Chan was arrested in Adelaide, Australia in April 2018.
She has remained in custody since being returned to the United States, according to jail records.
Chan — who is due back in a Norwalk courtroom Jan. 22 — could face a potential state prison sentence of more than 11 years if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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