A 63-year-old man who hit and injured two pedestrians in Jurupa Valley, then fled the scene, was sentenced Friday to six months in jail and two years felony probation.

In April, Rosalio Laureano Loera of Jurupa Valley admitted a charge of hit-and-run, as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of fleeing an accident resulting in great bodily injury. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office did not drop any counts under the plea agreement.

Superior Court Judge David Gunn certified the terms of the deal and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. As part of the bargain, a three-year state prison sentence was suspended, leaving the jail commitment.

Gunn also ordered that the defendant pay victim restitution, though the amount has yet to be determined by the Department of Probation.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Torres, on the night of Nov. 15, 2019, Loera struck two pedestrians walking near Mission Boulevard and Pedley Avenue, while traveling at an undetermined speed. Both victims were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries and have since recovered.

Loera fled a half-mile away and abandoned his vehicle, leaving his passenger behind, Torres said. Deputies quickly located the sedan and questioned the passenger, who identified Loera.

Loera could not be located for months, but the investigation continued, culminating in charges being filed nearly a year later.

Deputies ultimately found Loera last Nov. 15 on Alondro Drive, where he was arrested without incident.

He had no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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