A 49-year-old Santa Ana man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail for a collision that killed a homeless wheelchair-bound victim.
Lucio Luna pleaded guilty to a felony count of hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury. A misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license was dismissed, according to court records.
Luna was also ordered to be placed on five years probation.
Luna crashed into 61-year-old Peter Finocchi at First and Townsend streets about 10:35 p.m. on June 28, 2019, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Finocchi was crossing First Street in a crosswalk, Bertagna said.
The driver kept going, but a resident called police the next day to report a suspicious vehicle, which investigators determined was involved in the crash, Bertagna said. Further investigation led police to Luna.
Finocchi was rushed to a hospital in extremely critical condition and was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m. July 11, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
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