UCLA alum dies, hit-and-run driver still at large
David Pregerson, the 23-year-old struck by a hit-and-run driver in Pacific Palisades in the early hours of Dec. 27, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 31.
After being found at around 3:20 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, Pregerson was transported to the UCLA medical center for surgery, where he remained in critical condition for several days.
A recent graduate of UCLA, Pregerson’s Facebook page says that he was a film producer and studied film directing in college.
Jewish UCLA alum in critical condition after hit-and-run
Rabbi Dovid Gurevich of the Chabad at UCLA described Pregerson as someone who “always has a smile on his face.”
Gurevich visited Pregerson on Sunday, along with many of the young man’s friends and relatives.
“[It’s] very heartwarming to see people responding and caring about him so much,” Gurevich said.
France to indict Zeitouni hit-and-run suspects
French prosecutors said they will indict two Jewish Frenchmen suspected in a hit-and-run incident in Israel.
French officials delivered the news to the former boyfriend of Lee Zeitouni, a fitness instructor who died after a black SUV struck her in Tel Aviv in 2011 and drove off, Israel’s Army Radio reported.
Israeli police believe Claude Isaac Khayat and Eric Roubi were in the car that struck Zeitouni. They are believed to have flown back to France shortly after the incident to avoid standing trial.
Israel has requested they be extradited, but the request was denied because under French law French citizens may only be extradited to European Union member states.
The two suspects have denied the allegations, but Roee Peled, who was Zeitouni’s boyfriend, has presented an audio recording in which Khayat allegedly admitted to the killing.
“We received rather good news that they will be indicted,” Peled told Army Radio on Thursday. “From the very first day until those two are in prison we have pursued the same path with the same determination and perseverance, even if it was going to take us ten years.”
The indictment will be for manslaughter, withholding assistance to a person in danger and negligence, Peled said.
If convicted, the two suspects face up to 10 years in jail, according to Army Radio.