VAN NUYS (CBS) — A 23-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she hit-and-ran after fatally striking a 17-year-old standout Chatsworth High senior in April.

Dominique Marie Rush of Oxnard remains jailed on $100,000 bail while awaiting her next court appearance in October.

She is accused of hitting 17-year-old German Alex Romero who was riding his bike on DeSoto Avenue just north of Valerio Street when the crash occurred on April 20. Romero was popular with classmates and a soccer star, according to friends.

Rush is charged with two felony counts: vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors also allege Rush’s 44-year-old father, Steven, tried to conceal the crime.

He was arrested earlier this month at his home in Porter Ranch and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts of being an accessory after the fact.

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Comments (4)
  1. Pete says:

    kid on the Bike didn’t have a chance
    If she’s not guilty how did her car get dented

  2. Pete says:

    You can’t blame this one on the Mexicans
    Some previous comments said all crimes were
    caused by Mexicans
    Just proved him wrong….

  3. Yulivi says:

    I absolutely love EVERYTHING about Gerry Spense. He is a smart man and for the llttie people. Ruby Ridge was one of the GREATEST defenses ever put on by any lawyer in the United States. To Jeff in Korea, I also recommend that you read How to Argue and Win Everytime , Give Me Liberty and I love this book by Gerry The Making of a Country Lawyer . The Making of a Country Lawyer , I read in one day, I could not put it down. My cousin was shot and killed at Salt Lake City, Trolley Square Mall. One of five killed and I think six were shot and wounded. My cousin, 29 years old was meeting her husband of four years to buy wedding rings they could not afford when they married. Her husband, Rich called her to meet him. Go figure, the gunman was from Bosnia and had been given a chance for a better life in the USA and he does this for no reason at all. My family is still reeling from the shock. Now, I guess the defense is he is mentally unstable. My cousin had the right to go into that mall and expect not to be shot and killed. There is no amount of money that would make anyone feel better about 29 year old Vanessa Antrobus Quinn losing her life. There are things no amount of money can buy. We live in a sue happy world. My family has no lawsuit. Yes, lawyers will come out of every crack. I feel bad for the guy who came to see you too late Norm. A lot of insurance adjustors are as smart as the lawyers whom they work with settling cases. No way would I have a $40,000 car repaired!!!! I would have immediately asked for a referal for a good lawyer. The best lawyers are usually not found on a billboard, yellow pages or television ad but by word of mouth. Norm, back to Gerry Spense, all of his books are well worth a read. If I had a chance to spend a hour with anyone, I would pick Gerry Spense. The man can write. Also, he turned down defending OJ Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Read the books, you will be glad that you did. After you read The Making of A Country Lawyer , you will be hooked. I am sure you will appreciate what you read!!!!! This lawyer will get in the trenches. I am sure he would agree with your article on the gas companies raping the USA citizens!!!

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