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Saugus woman pleads not guilty to hit and run

Posted: February 18, 2014 10:54 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 10:54 a.m.

A Saugus woman who turned herself in for a hit-and-run collision that allegedly happened a year a half ago has pleaded not guilty to the charge filed against her, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Imelda Gonzalez Lara, 53, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Friday and entered a plea of not guilty to a single felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident, said Shiara Dávila-Morales.

Lara turned herself in at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and was arrested Jan. 16, according to the Sheriff’s Station arrest log.

She was ordered Friday to appear back in court March 20 to set a date for her preliminary hearing. During that hearing, prosecutors will present evidence in the case, and the defense can respond, after which the judge will decide if the case should go to trial.

Lara was arrested in connection with a collision May 15, 2012, in which a man was hit by a car in the driveway of a home in Saugus north of Saugus High School, Sheriff’s Detective Doyle Winslow said shortly after her arrest.

“He had a broken arm, fractured ribs and two broken vertebrae,” he said. “He has lasting injuries.”

Almost three months ago, Winslow issued a warrant for Lara’s arrest.

“I advised her about the existence of the arrest warrant and I advised her that she should turn herself in,” the detective said.

She was released on bail, which had been set at $150,000, the day after her arrest.
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