East L.A. driver pleads not guilty to hit-and-run that killed grandmother

Maty Sanchez was struck near Whittier and Williamson in East LA

East Los Angeles  —  A 77-year-old motorist pleaded not guilty to charges connected to a hit-and-run last month that claimed the life of a woman with 23 grandchildren.

Raul Juarez Carranza submitted a not guilty plea to one felony count of
hit-and-run driving resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter, said the L.A. County District Attorney.

Carranza allegedly fled the scene after his pickup truck struck 74-year-old Maty Sanchez as she crossed Whittier Boulevard and Williamson Avenue on the morning of Dec. 8.

Sanchez, the mother of seven children, walked everywhere because she did not have a car, her daughter told KTLA.

Carranza, who posted $50,000 bail, is scheduled to return to court next month.  He faces a maximum of seven years in prison if convicted of the charges, said the district attorney.

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