A 19-year-old motorist charged with killing another driver in a crash while being pursued by Gardena police pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and related felony counts.
Dalton Bolinas, who is also charged with fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle causing death, and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, was ordered to return to court on Jan. 28, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
The Torrance resident, who was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries stemming from the Dec. 22 crash, is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to authorities and jail records.
Phillip Barragan, 64, died at the scene of the 10:40 p.m. collision at Artesia Boulevard and Western Avenue, according to the coroner’s office and the Gardena Police Department.
Gardena police Lt. Chris Cuff said officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1400 block of Artesia Boulevard.
“As the officers approached the vehicle on foot, it suddenly fled westbound at a high rate of speed, ultimately colliding with another motorist at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Western Avenue,” the lieutenant said.