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Jin Hyuk Byun, 19, admitted he was the driver who killed a teenager that was walking his bicycle alongside a road last July.

Byun signed a felony plea agreement yesterday, October 31, in which he admitted a single count of hit-and-run causing death. He could get up to 4 years in prison, but there is no minimum, so Byun could be sentenced to time already served and then released the same day as sentencing. Sentencing is currently set for January 3, 2012.

Paperwork shows that a Korean interpreter has been requested for Byun’s father, who is expected to be present at sentencing.

The same judge who took the plea deal, Honorable K. Michael Kirkman, will pronounce sentence.

Byun is currently held without bail. He was taken into custody July 8, two days after the body of 18-year-old Angel Bojorquez was found in the shrubbery alongside Via de la Valle, in Rancho Santa Fe.

A neighbor reportedly saw a news broadcast about the fatal crash, after he had noticed damage to Byun’s truck parked next door, and the neighbor phoned authorities. Jin Hyuk Byun was arrested that same afternoon, by the California Highway Patrol.

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Visduh Nov. 1, 2012 @ 2:46 p.m.

If he had stopped at the scene, this would likely have never been charged as any sort of crime. A civil matter for sure, but that's what we have auto insurance for. When will they learn?


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 1, 2012 @ 11:09 p.m.

They get scared and react out of fear...big mistake. I t-boned an 8 year old on the Mission Beach boardwalk with my bicycle, and I was scared to death, he was hurt but not "go to the hospital" hurt. But i did not leave and faced the music- Whatever it was, I was not running.


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