The man accused of killing a Long Beach woman and five dogs when he slammed into her SUV during a short police pursuit pleaded not guilty to the nine felony counts against him.
Javier Oliverez, a 43-year-old Los Angeles resident, appeared in court for the first time Friday. He is charged with one count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s vehicle causing death and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, along with six counts of cruelty to an animal, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is a parolee and known gang member and was wanted on a warrant for robbery, Long Beach police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.
Oliverez is due back in court May 28.
Neighbors said the crash happened when a white van plowed into 41-year-old Jessica Bingaman’s Ford Escape on Third Street near Temple Avenue around 11:30 a.m. on May 7. The van blew through a stop sign and broadsided the SUV at high speed.
Police said the driver had slowed down momentarily before speeding off and causing the crash.
Bingaman was a single mother who ran The Pawtenders, a dog walking, sitting and training service in Long Beach. She had six dogs in her car at the time of the crash. All but one perished.
Bingaman was the first person killed in a high-speed pursuit in Long Beach in at least the last three years, according to the CHP.