A motorist pleaded not guilty today to charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run crash in Glendale that killed a 72-year- old woman four days before Christmas. Mira Gjura, 62, of Glendale, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from a crash last Dec. 21 at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Linden Avenue. Novar Ismailyan of Glendale was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles, who described the area as “very dark” portion of Glenoaks Boulevard.
Authorities subsequently released surveillance video footage of the black Toyota Prius that was believed to have killed Ismailyan. The footage of the car came from a security camera located at a business on Allen Avenue, a street off Glenoaks Boulevard, Suttles said.
That footage shows a woman getting out of her vehicle and apparently checking it for damage, he said. Gjura was arrested by Glendale police a week after the crash, and was released from jail that day after posting $50,000 bail.
The hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for Gjura to stand trial is scheduled for June 26, 2019