Woman Pleads No Contest in Boyle Heights Cyclist Death

By City News Service

A 21-year-old Los Angeles woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to vehicular manslaughter and other charges stemming from the death of a cyclist in Boyle Heights.

Wendy Stephanie Villegas pleaded no contest to one count each of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the crash early Sept. 14, 2013, that killed Luis “Andy” Garcia, 22, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Villegas was driving home when she struck a group of cyclists in Boyle Heights, according to Deputy District Attorney Nick Swertlow.

Garcia was killed after he was dragged for several hundred feet by a car behind Villegas’ vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Two others were injured.

Villegas is facing three years and eight months in state prison, with sentencing set April 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the prosecutor.

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