LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The LA County District Attorney’s office announced that a 22-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced Thursday to nine years in state prison for the fatal hit-and-run death of a bicyclist earlier this year in Highland Park.
Alexis Virto pleaded no contest last month to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon.READ MORE: Man Killed, 2 Injured In Violent Gardena Crash
On June 26 at about 3 a.m., Virto was driving northbound on Figueroa Street near Pasadena Avenue when he struck 33-year-old cyclist Jose Luna.READ MORE: Residents Say Strong Stench In Carson Keeps Getting Stronger
Virto was driving at a high rate of speed and the impact of the crash severed one of the victim’s legs. The DA also said Virto continued to drive with Luna on his hood for about 200 more yards and then reportedly dragged him for another 300 feet.
Virto abandoned his car and was later arrested at his home — about six blocks from the accident scene.MORE NEWS: Man Suspected Of Stealing Truck Taken Into Custody Following Pursuit
At time of his arrest, LAPD Detective Johnny Meneses said that nearly six hours after the crash, Virto was still highly intoxicated and still had glass and debris from the windshield in his hair.