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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Hit-And-Run

Ryan Mascioni pleads not guilty to murder charges in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a Los Angeles woman.

A 21-year-old motorist accused of running over and killing a female pedestrian pleaded not guilty to felony counts of murder, leaving the scene of an accident, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury, the Daily Breeze reported Wednesday.

Ryan Mascioni, a resident of Redondo Beach, was allegedly behind the wheel of an Audi that sped past vehicles which had stopped for Raquel Coaker, 26, as she tried to cross the street in the 13000 block of Hawthorne Boulevard at about 11 p.m. Friday, said Hawthorne police Lt. Scott Swain.

Coaker was trying to cross the northbound lanes of Hawthorne Boulevard in the rain, and a car in the middle of three lanes stopped for her. As she entered the third lane, closest to the curb, she was struck by a speeding yellow Audi, witnesses said.

After striking the woman, the vehicle smashed into two parked vehicles before it was driven away. A witness at the crash described the car to police.

About an hour after the crash, Mascioni turned himself into the sheriff's Lawndale station.

Mascioni is being held on $1.05 million bail at the Men's Central Jail. His next court appearance is Jan. 14, 2013.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

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