Driver, Husband Sentenced in Pacific Palisades Hit-and-Run Death of Aspiring Filmmaker

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Marguerite Dao Vuong appears at her sentencing hearing on March 6, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Marguerite Dao Vuong appears at her sentencing hearing on March 6, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles couple that pleaded no contest in the hit-and-run death of an aspiring filmmaker in Pacific Palisades was sentenced Friday.

Marguerite Dao Vuong, the driver who struck and killed 23-year-old David Pregerson, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Her husband, Michael Vuong, who initially tried to help his wife avoid prosecution by identifying himself as the driver, received one year in jail.

Michael Vuong is seen at his sentencing hearing on March 6, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Michael Vuong is seen at his sentencing hearing on March 6, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The couple, who are both in their 60s, pleaded no contest to the charges against them in February.

Pregerson had been walking on Chautauqua Boulevard on Dec. 27, 2013, when he was fatally struck by a car driven by Marguerite Dao Vuong.

Marguerite Dao Vuong, who was apparently on her way to work as a postal worker, fled the scene, according to a prosecutor.

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

Pregerson was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where he died on Dec. 31, 2013.

Los Angeles police worked on the case for several months while the Pregersons asked for help identifying the killer.

The recent UCLA graduate was an aspiring filmmaker. His father and grandfather were federal court judges.

KTLA's Kennedy Ryan contributed to this report.