A convicted bank robber was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for a DUI collision in Costa Mesa that killed a 12-year-old autistic boy who was riding his bicycle alongside his father.
Richard David Lavalle of Long Beach was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. He’s being held without bail.
The collision occurred just before 6 p.m. Sunday at Junipero Drive and Arlington Drive. Noel Bascon and his father were riding their bicycles when the boy was struck by a pickup truck that went through a stop sign while eastbound on Arlington Drive, police said.
A passerby attempted CPR on the boy, and officers arrived and continued life-saving measures, but the youngster died at a hospital.
Lavalle was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, and Lee Anna Diaz Murphy, 56, of Artesia, who was in the passenger seat, was booked on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and unlawful drug paraphernalia, police said.
Lavalle was convicted in 2013 of driving under the influence in San Diego County, triggering an upgraded charge from manslaughter to murder, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Lavalle is also potentially a third-striker because he was convicted in August 2009 of armed bank robbery in federal court and sentenced in April 2010 to 35 months in federal prison, according to court records.
Lavalle was returned to prison for another year when he violated supervised release in 2013.
Lavalle was also convicted of robbery in Los Angeles County in June 2018, court records show.
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