A probationer accused of running over and killing a 10-year-old Lake Elsinore boy and then fleeing the scene was charged Friday with vehicular manslaughter and other offenses.
David Loperena, 25, of Lake Elsinore was arrested Wednesday, a day after he allegedly struck Anthony Ochoa as the victim and his sister entered a crosswalk.
Along with the manslaughter count, Loperena is charged with hit-and- run resulting in death and sentence-enhancing allegations of fleeing the scene of a crime and causing an accident that resulted in a fatality.
Loperena is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to Riverside County Sheriff’s officials, Ochoa and his sibling, whose identity was not released, were crossing at the intersection of Langstaff Street and Sumner Avenue about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, going to a relative’s house, when Loperena allegedly came barreling down Langstaff in his pickup truck and struck the boy.
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According to witnesses, the victim rolled onto the hood of the pickup, landing on the windshield. The driver slowed long enough for the unconscious boy to slide off of the vehicle, then he sped away, witnesses said.
Ochoa’s sister was not injured.
Ochoa, a student at Elsinore Elementary School, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives say they were able to identify Loperena’s Chevy as the one involved in the hit-and-run with the help of good Samaritans, and the probationer was arrested at his residence on Limited Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.
According to court records, the defendant has prior misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence and grand theft.
–City News Service
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