Ore. man enters pleas in passenger fall death

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Portland, Ore., man accused of driving a convertible from which a passenger fell to his death in southwest Washington has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges.

The Columbian (http://bit.ly/nkK4pT) says 29-year-old Russell Amon entered his pleas Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court. Trial was set for Nov. 14.

According to court documents, Amon is accused of driving his Mercedes convertible recklessly on Aug. 20 on State Highway 14 east of Washougal. Other drivers told state troopers that they saw Amon speeding, cutting off another car, swerving and spinning out.

Prosecutors say that as Amon accelerated to pass another car, 34-year-old passenger Jose Gonzalez-Ramirez fell from his seat on the trunk lid. Amon is accused of driving off, returning, then driving off again.

Amon reportedly turned himself in the next day. He is held on $100,000 bail.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com