An alleged drunken driver accused of striking and killing a 17-year-old girl as she crossed a street near San Francisco’s Stern Grove last weekend pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges today, prosecutors said.
Kieran Brewer, 28, is charged for the death of Hanren Chang, who was struck as she crossed Sloat Boulevard at Vale Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday.
Chang was celebrating her 17th birthday on the day she was struck, prosecutors said.
Deputy Public Defender Kwixuan Maloof said at Brewer’s initial court appearance earlier this week that his blood-alcohol content was .09, barely above the .08 limit, when he was booked into custody.
However, prosecutors noted that the testing was done hours after the crash and that Brewer admitted to drinking prior to driving.
Brewer remains in custody on $300,000 bail and will return to court for a pre-hearing conference on March 27, district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News