A 78-year-old man who fatally struck a 74-year-old woman with his pickup as she crossed an East Los Angeles street was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Henry Hall imposed the term on Raul Juarez Carranza of East Los Angeles, who pleaded guilty last Sept. 13 to one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Carranza was making a turn in a pickup when he struck Maty Sanchez, who was crossing the street at Whittier Boulevard and Williamson Avenue on Dec. 8, 2018, prosecutors said.
He fled the scene in his pickup.
Sanchez — who was on her way home from a market — died a short time later at a hospital.
Three days later, the victim’s daughter issued a plea for the driver to surrender.
“To the person that hit my mom, please find it in your heart to turn yourself in,” Patty Garcia said at a news conference at the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles Area office. “If it would have been your mother, or your wife or your daughter… you’d be right here where I am right now, pleading.”
Carranza — who was initially charged with hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter — was arrested 10 days later after CHP officers spotted him driving the pickup near the scene of the crash, according to CHP officials, who added that media coverage of the case generated tips that helped investigators to identify him.
Carranza was initially freed on bond after his arrest, then subsequently taken into custody again the day he pleaded guilty.