A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he drove on a suspended license and hit another driver, causing him severe brain injuries, then left the scene, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Oscar Paz, 31, was allegedly speeding in his Volkswagen Jetta around 5 a.m. Dec. 11 on the 22 Freeway when he rear-ended 66-year-old G. Krishnan's Nissan Pulsar. Paz's license had been suspended when he failed to appear in court for a speeding ticket.
Krishnan's car thrust across the freeway and hit the center divider, prosecutors said.
Paz then allegedly exited the freeway without offering to help Krishnan, parked his car at a nearby strip mall and fled on foot.