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Student, 23, accused of killing psychologist, 68, after hitting him with his McLaren sports car in LA appears in court on $250,000 bail

 A former student who struck a psychologist with his speeding McLaren sports car in 2020 has appeared in court for arraignment. 

Ka Leung Chan wore a mask as he looked straight ahead at the Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday as he attended the arraignment for vehicular manslaughter in the death of 68-year-old psychologist Larry D. Brooks, Ph. D. 

Chan, who attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture on a student visa, had been driving his sports car south on Sante Fe in Los Angeles on May 4, 2020, when he struck the pedestrian.  

Ka Leung Chan wore a mask as he kept his eyes low at the Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday as he attended the arraignment for vehicular manslaughter

Ka Leung Chan wore a mask as he kept his eyes low at the Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday as he attended the arraignment for vehicular manslaughter

Chan, had been driving the sports car when he struck 68-year-old Larry D. Brooks on May 4, 2020

Chan, had been driving the sports car when he struck 68-year-old Larry D. Brooks on May 4, 2020

Brooks' wife, Anna Marie Piersimoni, was in attendance for the hearing. 

Piersimoni has said that 'vehicular weaponry gone amok' killed her husband. 

The young student told police he swerved to avoid a car that was pulling out, adding that he was going 'less than 60' at the time, the Los Angeles Times reports. At the particular point on the road, the speed limit is 30 miles an hour. 

After he swerved, Chan struck several vehicles before he plowed into Brooks. The psychologist was walking home at the time of the incident.


Brooks' wife, Anna Marie Piersimoni, was in attendance for the hearing

Brooks' wife, Anna Marie Piersimoni, was in attendance for the hearing

The young student told police he swerved to avoid a car that was pulling out, adding that he was going 'less than 60' at the time
After he swerved, Chan struck several vehicles before he plowed into Brooks

The young student told police he swerved to avoid a car that was pulling out, adding that he was going 'less than 60' at the time. After he swerved, Chan struck several vehicles before he plowed into Brooks

Investigators process the crash scene

Investigators process the crash scene

Debris from the crash is scattered all over the roadway

Debris from the crash is scattered all over the roadway

Brooks' shoes were knocked off and his left leg was severed. The psychologist was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Chan, who was only 23 at the time of the incident, was released the following day on a $250,000 bail. 

In addition to the vehicular manslaughter charge, Chan also faces a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

 In LA, traffic fatalities slowed a bit in 2020, from 246 in 2019 to 238 last year. But the dip happened as traffic was down from 30 to 50 percent during the pandemic, according to the LA Department of Transportation. 

Brooks was a well respected clinical psychologist who had served communities in Northeast Los Angeles for more than 25 years, according to the Los Feliz Ledger. The longtime resident was originally from New York. 

'Brooks was a true family man who coached his son’s little league basketball team at the Silver Lake Recreation Center and actively participated in community activities as a former Silver Lake Jewish Community Center, Ivanhoe Elementary, Immaculate Heart, Thomas Starr King, John Marshall High School and Flintridge Preparatory School parent', reads his obituary.

 He co-founded the Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association in 1996 and was the chairman of the Education Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association.

Brooks' shoes were knocked off and his left leg was severed. The psychologist was pronounced dead at the scene

Brooks' shoes were knocked off and his left leg was severed. The psychologist was pronounced dead at the scene

Chan listens to his lawyer during the arraignment hearing for the vehicular manslaughter

Chan listens to his lawyer during the arraignment hearing for the vehicular manslaughter

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