Philip White. Photo courtesy of the White family
Philip White. Photo courtesy of the White family

A Navy man accused in a crash nearly a year ago that killed a bicyclist in Oceanside pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges.

Christopher Noah, 23, was arrested at Camp Pendleton last week in connection with the death of 28-year-old Philip White, who was struck along North River Road near Baker Street last Sept. 21.

Authorities said debris from the crash belonged to a lime green Kia Soul which was seen at Camp Pendleton.

Noah told officials there that he had been involved in a collision, according to Oceanside police.

The defendant had earlier contacted police investigators, admitting that he was the driver, but said he didn’t know he had hit anyone, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby.

The lieutenant said physical evidence from the crash scene contradicted Noah’s statement.

Noah — who is free on $50,000 bail — faces four years in prison if convicted.

A readiness conference is set for Sept. 28 and a preliminary hearing for Oct. 19.

— City News Service