Jail for Driver in Boyle Heights Hit-and-Run Death

By City News Service

A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 11 years in prison for killing a Los Angeles woman in a fiery hit-and-run collision while he was driving drunk.

Rigoberto Moreno expressed his “deep remorse” after the 32-year-old victim’s mother, speaking through a prosecutor, told him she forgave him for the death of Erica Flores in the Feb. 10 collision in Boyle Heights.

“She forgives you because she knows there is only one judge and that judge is God,” Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Brownstone told the defendant.

The sentencing followed the terms of a plea agreement, with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A. Bork imposing 10 years for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one year for assault with a deadly weapon. Moreno pleaded no contest to the charges on April 17.

According to police, Moreno was driving a Ford Crown Victoria that sped through a red light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Boyle Avenue and crashed into the driver’s side of the victim’s 1994 Toyota Camry. Flores died at the scene.

“He feels extremely sorry for what he did,” defense attorney Henry Halpern said on behalf of his client. “He accepts his punishment and he deserves it.”

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May 17, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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