San Francisco sheriff's cadet accused in fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty 

A man accused of killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in San Francisco's North of Panhandle neighborhood earlier this month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in the case, a district attorney's office spokesman said.

Jose Jimenez, 23, is accused of hitting James Hudson, 61, at the intersection of Masonic Avenue and Turk Boulevard in the early morning hours of May 6. Hudson died at the scene.

Jimenez, a San Francisco sheriff's cadet who was off-duty at the time, fled the scene and struck at least four cars parked nearby before crashing into concrete planters in front of St. Mary's Hospital, police said.

Responding officers found and arrested Jimenez, who has since been charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence.

Jimenez pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment hearing in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, district attorney's office spokesman Seth Steward said.

He is being held on $1 million bail and will return to court again on June 3 for a hearing on the bail amount, Steward said.

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