Man pleads no-contest in 2010 deadly hit and run
BATON ROUGE - Christian Cvitanovich, the man facing a felony hit and run charge for a 2010 death, entered a no-contest plea in court Tuesday.
Mikel "Misha" Carson, 20, died in January 2010 on I-10 after she was hit by a car near College Drive. It happened after Carson was on foot checking on another woman who was in a different car crash. Cvitanovich was arrested ten days later after he brought his SUV to a body shop for repairs. Cvitanovich is tied to a well-known New Orleans seafood family.
Misha's mother, Michele Carson, has waited for years to get answers on what happened that night in 2010. In March, she explained how she has fought for years to get closure.
"It's horrible. I mean people think that grief gets better in time, but it doesn't. It stays with you, and I have no closure," said Carson. "She was just really loved by a lot of people and I just feel so sad now, because I'm the only one that seems to be pursuing getting this trial."
No contest pleas aren't an admission of guilt, but in legal terms, it has the same affect as a guilty plea and is often used as a chip as part of a plea bargain. Cvitanovich could face up to ten years in prison and will be sentenced in November.
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