Man pleads not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in crash that killed Millikan student

A driver accused of hitting and killing a 16-year-old pedestrian in East Long Beach last year pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, authorities said this week.

Kevin Dahl, 34, is accused of crashing into Millikan High School student Aiden Gossage as he crossed Los Coyotes Diagonal at Deborah Street the night of Sept. 4, 2021. Despite life-saving efforts by emergency personnel and bystanders, Gossage died.

Dahl has been free on $100,000 bail since Sept. 5 after being taken into custody at the scene of the crash on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, according to police and jail records.

On Aug. 9, authorities filed the vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence charge against him. Earlier this month, Dahl appeared in Compton Superior Court where he pleaded not guilty to the charge, court records show.

He has retained a private attorney and is due back in court on Oct. 10 for a preliminary setting hearing. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.