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Man pleads not guilty to felony charge in H.B. fatal hit-and-run crash

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Julien Cesar Solorzano, 47, of Monrovia pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony hit-and-run in connection with a fatal crash in Huntington Beach on Sunday, court records show.
(Courtesy of Huntington Beach Police Department)

A man charged with fleeing the scene of a crash that left a motorcyclist dead in Huntington Beach has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge, according to court records.

Julien Cesar Solorzano, 47, of Monrovia entered his plea Wednesday to one count of felony hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, records show.

He remained in custody Friday at Orange County Jail, and records show his bail was raised Wednesday from $50,000 to $100,000. He is scheduled to return to court July 12.

Huntington Beach police arrested Solorzano on Monday following a traffic collision involving a 2006 Toyota Solara and a 2016 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail on Pacific Coast Highway near 11th Street at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

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Authorities said the driver of the Solara fled after the crash, leaving the vehicle behind. Solorzano was identified with help from witnesses who were at the scene, according to police.

The motorcyclist — identified as 26-year-old Derrel Gollihugh of Long Beach, according to the Orange County coroner’s officewas taken to a local hospital in “grave condition” and later died from his injuries, police said.

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