HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A woman was arraigned in court on Tuesday, February 11, for her role in a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of her friend.
Samantha Cunha, 27, of Pearl Beach, Florida was charged with running over her friend in Hollywood on January 14 and fleeing the scene, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported that at 11:54 p.m., a grey Mercedes Benz collided with the rear tire of a motorcycle also traveling southbound Martel Avenue. The Mercedes continued driving southbound on Martel Ave, turned into a driveway and was confronted by the motorcyclist.
Cunha was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend Sofia Fari Ardalan, 27, when they reportedly got into an argument with a motorcyclist. Ardalan pulled into her apartment driveway and both women exited the vehicle and allegedly began arguing with the motorcyclist.
Cunha allegedly returned to the passenger side of the car, where the vehicle began rolling, knocking Ardalan down. Cunha claims she moved the gear shift, causing the car to run over Ardalan, ultimately killing her. The defendant ran away from the scene. Authorities captured her and she was detained on January 15 after 7 a.m. She was booked for felony hit-and-run and her bail was set at $50,000.
Cunha is now facing one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death. If convicted as charged, she faces a possible maximum sentence of 4 years in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Division.