A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for a deadly collision with a bicyclist and leading police on a chase.
Jason Roy Rocha pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit and run with permanent and serious injury and leading police on a chase, all felonies. He also admitted a sentencing enhancement for fleeing the scene after committing a vehicular manslaughter.
The deadly collision occurred about 5:20 a.m. March 19, 2017, when Rocha, who was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition, veered to the right and collided with the bicyclist on Ball Road just west of Gilbert Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Duane Graham said. Encarnacion Salazar Munoz of Anaheim, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene, Graham said.
Rocha fled the scene, but minutes later, an Anaheim Police Department officer, who was unaware of the deadly collision, attempted to stop Rocha for a traffic violation, Graham said. This triggered a pursuit that ended about 5:40 a.m. when Rocha crashed near Seal Beach and Westminster boulevards, according to Seal Beach police.
A Seal Beach officer opened fire at the suspect, but no one was injured and Rocha was arrested, Seal Beach police said.