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Alleged Passenger in Hit-and-Run That Killed LAPD Officer Appears in Court

The brother of the man charged with murder in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer in Harbor City attended a probation hearing in an L.A. Courtroom Friday.

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Bryan Varela appears in court in downtown Los Angeles on an alleged probation violation on May 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Bryan Varela, 19, denied violating the terms of his probation in the May 3 incident, in which he allegedly left the scene of a fatal crash that took the life of LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez.

Bryan Varela was believed to be the passenger in a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV that his brother, Mynor Enrique Varela, allegedly crashed into Sanchez’s patrol car.

Sanchez and his partner, identified as Officer Richard Medina, had been pursuing a Chevrolet Camero when they made a U-turn at Senator Avenue and Anaheim Street and were hit by the SUV.

Medina was hospitalized and released following the crash.

Mynor Varela, 20, crashed into the patrol car to “aid a friend” driving the Camaro, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference on Thursday.

Mynor Varela has pleaded not guilty to murder charges and other criminal counts he faces in the incident.

Bryan Varela has not been charged, but remained in custody after a judge revoked his probation.

“He fled the scene. Like his brother, he failed to render aid to the injured and dying officer,” Beck said Thursday. “He has been taken into custody on a flash incarceration, and will be held there pending further investigation into this case.”

Bryan Varela was expected to remain in jail until his next court date, which was scheduled for May 30.