Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run Death of Pacific Palisades Man

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A man was in custody Friday following a months-long investigation into a deadly hit-and-run that took place in Pacific Palisades in December.


David Pregerson, 23, was struck by a hit-and-run driver and later died of his injuries. (Credit: DMV)

Michael Vuong, 66, was booked Thursday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in the death of 23-year-old David Pregerson, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Pregerson, of Pacific Palisades, was struck by a vehicle on Chautauqua Boulevard north of Borgos Place (map) on Dec. 27.

The car, believed to be a Volvo 740 station wagon, was traveling southbound on Chautauqua Boulevard and struck Pregerson, who was in the roadway.

Vuong, who was allegedly driving the station wagon, continued to drive southbound on Chautauqua Boulevard, never stopping to help Pregerson, or to identify himself.

Pregerson was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where he died of his injures on Dec. 31.

Rewards totaling $100,000 had been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the driver involved in Pregerson’s death.

Pregerson, whose father and grandfather are federal court judges, was an aspiring film producer who recently graduated from UCLA.

Bail for Vuong was set at $100,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate information center website.

He was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.