A 38-year-old convicted drunken driver pleaded guilty Wednesday to an alcohol-fueled hit-and-run collision that killed a homeless woman.
Alberto Solano Diaz of Santa Ana admitted a felony count of hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury and one misdemeanor count each of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to court records.
Diaz is scheduled to be sentenced June 7.
An officer on patrol just after midnight April 24 saw the victim lying in the road on Standard Avenue, just north of Edinger Avenue, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Investigators could not determine whether 40-year-old Leticia Marquez, who was in a crosswalk, was crossing against a red light at the time she was struck, he said.
Marquez was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
A couple of blocks away from where the victim was found, police came across an unoccupied car that had major front-end damage. Bertagna said officers spotted Diaz, who exhibited signs of intoxication, walking away from the car and detained him.
Diaz pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2009, to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 and driving without a valid driver’s license. He was placed on three years of informal probation and ordered to pay $440 in fines and participate in a first-offender alcohol program for three months, according to court records.
Since then, he has had his probation revoked and reactivated due to failure to pay the fines, court records show.
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