Driver charged with fatal hit-and-run of 101-year-old California man

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 7:34 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A driver accused of hitting and killing a 101-year-old Los Angeles-area man with his van then trying to flee the scene was charged on Thursday with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Ricardo Avalos, 41, struck 101-year-old Jose Noriega at about 6 a.m. on Wednesday as the older man crossed a street in suburban Boyle Heights in a marked crosswalk.

Avalos then drove away from the scene but another driver who witnessed the incident followed him and cut off his vehicle, according to prosecutors, who said a second motorist grabbed the keys to the van. Avalos, who was being held on $50,000 bail ahead of an initial court appearance in the case on Thursday afternoon, faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if he is convicted at trial.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Walsh)