An Arcadia man accused of mowing down a road worker while driving drunk on a closed freeway in Baldwin Park pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday at the Superior Courthouse in Pomona.
Tatsuhiko Sakamoto, 37, in the death of Connor Penhall, son of motorcycle racing legend and actor Bruce Penhall. Sakamoto's blood alcohol level was reportedly above the legal limit of .08 at the time of the April 4 incident.
The younger Penhall, 21, was operating a concrete saw for a Caltrans subcontractor on the westbound 10 freeway at Francisquito Avenue when Sakamoto allegedly drove a Toyota Rav4 through traffic cones marking the closed section of freeway.
Penhall was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jane Robison told the Pasadena Star-News Sakamoto will appear again in court June 27 for his preliminary hearing. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, the District Attorney's Office has said.