A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a hit-and-run collision that killed a wheelchair-bound woman in Anaheim.
Jose Jesus Tapia backed his car into a vehicle as the victim — 53-year-old Saegmany Vongphachanh — was being helped into her vehicle by her husband just before noon Jan. 7 in an alley at Neighbors Avenue and Mohican Way, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer said.
The car pinned the victim between the two vehicles, Carringer said.
Tapia drove away from the scene and was arrested the next day, Carringer said.
The victim was taken to an area hospital but died later that evening, Carringer said.
At his arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana Tuesday, Tapia pleaded not guilty to a felony count of hit and run with permanent and serious injury as well as single misdemeanor counts each of vehicular manslaughter and failure to stop at a hit-and-run accident with injury or death.
Tapia was ordered to return to court March 30 for a pretrial hearing in the North Justice Center in Fullerton.