Bicyclist Killed in Montebello Named

March 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities Thursday identified a bicyclist killed in Montebello in a collision with an SUV, whose driver was arrested after allegedly leaving the scene.

The crash occurred on Feb. 18 about 7:30 p.m. as the cyclist was southbound on Concourse Avenue past Allston Street. Jeffrey Corden, 35, of Los Angeles died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.

Officers learned that Corden had been rear-ended by a 2002 Ford Expedition, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The motorist sped away, but crashed into several parked vehicles a few blocks away. John F. Salvidar, 35, of Montebello, was detained by some local residents until CHP officers arrived at the scene and arrested him.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash, the CHP reported.

The CHP’s East Los Angeles area office asked anyone who saw the crash to call (323) 980-4600.

Prison Sentence for Hit-and-Run Driver

November 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A 22-year-old Los Angeles man who earlier this year fatally hit a bicyclist in Highland Park then fled the scene has been sentenced to nine years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Alexis Virto pleaded no contest last month to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon handed down the sentence.

According to authorities, Virto was driving northbound on Figueroa Street near Pasadena Avenue at a high rate of speed at about 3 a.m. on June 26 and struck 33-year-old cyclist Jose Luna with his vehicle.

The force of the crash severed one of the victim’s legs, according to the DA’s Office.

Prosecutors said Virto drove away with Luna on his hood for about 200 yards. Virto abandoned his car and was later arrested at his home.

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