Belen Guadalupe Sicairos
Belen Guadalupe Sicairos. Photo: Santa Ana Police Dept.

A Santa Ana woman who fled the scene of a fatal collision with a pedestrian and later lied to insurance representatives to get her vehicle fixed pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to three years in prison.

Belen Guadalupe Sicairos pleaded guilty to hit-and-run causing death and insurance fraud, both felonies. Three felony counts of insurance fraud and a misdemeanor count of making a false police report were dropped in the plea deal.

Sicairos was driving west on First Street in Santa Ana about 2 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2015, when she struck 35-year-old Jorge Luis Lopez-Lobato, who was walking across the street, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Sicairos drove away and later that day contacted her insurance company and falsely claimed her car was vandalized, prosecutors said.

A witness who saw the car being worked on at an auto body shop in San Bernardino County saw news reports about the hit-and-run and called authorities.

The victim’s sisters told a judge Monday how their brother’s death has affected them.

“The loss caused a very deep pain to my parents, to all of us,” said Sandra Lopez-Lobato. “This is a pain that they have not gotten over and I know they will never get over it.”

Gabriela Lopez-Lobato said, “I hope (the defendant) has a conscience and does not do this again.”

Sicairos’ attorney, John Kremer, declined comment.

–City News Service

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