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October 4, 2016: Canyon Country Man Pleads to Hit-and-Run Death of Bicyclist

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Canyon Country man entered no contest pleas today for running over a 53-year-old bicyclist and then fleeing the scene of the crash, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney SuSu Scott said Lucas Guidroz (dob 12/2/87) pleaded no contest to one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving resulting in death.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Department I of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch. Guidroz is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison as a result of his plea.

On May 25, the defendant crashed his vehicle into Rod T. Bennett as he rode a bicycle on Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, the prosecutor said. Bennett died as a result of his injuries.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol, Newhall Station.