Accused motorist pleads not guilty in fatal Rancho Santa Fe hit-and-run case

A 19-year-old motorist accused of striking a cyclist riding home from work, then trying to cover up his involvement and fleeing the scene, pleaded not guilty July 11 to a charge of hit-and-run causing death and had his bail raised to $1 million.

Jin Hyuk Byun faces up to four years in state prison if convicted in the death of 18-year-old Angel Bojorquez of Escondido.

Bojorquez, an Albertsons grocery store clerk in Del Mar, was riding his mountain bike east on Via de la Valle when he was struck about 1 a.m. Friday, July 6, prosecutor Aimee McLeod said. The victim’s body was discovered along the road about an hour later.

McLeod said authorities theorize that after striking the victim, Byun pulled over in a neighborhood and pushed some of the broken pieces of the headlight assembly back into his Chevrolet Avalanche and removed rubber from one of the truck’s tires before driving more than five miles home.

For the entire story, visit http://www.delmartimes.net/2012/07/12/accused-motorist-pleads-not-guilty-in-fatal-hit-and-run-on-cyclist/

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